The Hungarian laboratory for limiting press and civic freedoms

András Dési is a freelance journalist and political analyst, and former Senior Editor & Reporter with NÉPSZABADSÁG   The Hungarian parliament recently adopted a new law forcing NGOs to register as ‘‘foreign-supported organization” if they receive more than 24,000 Euros from foreign donors per year. With this legislation the Hungarian government and the ruling right-wing Read more about The Hungarian laboratory for limiting press and civic freedoms[…]

Points of view on Media Freedom in the Balkans: the Cases of Macedonia and Serbia

    Petar Milin The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom and Xhevahire Pruthi Zajazi Expert on contemporary media and civil society issues​    Petar Milin is a senior lecturer in the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield. His special field is data science, but Petar is from Serbia and CFOM asked him to consider the pressures Read more about Points of view on Media Freedom in the Balkans: the Cases of Macedonia and Serbia[…]

Journalists’ Safety Research Network will increase research capacity and knowledge exchange among the community of journalism safety experts

Sara Torsner is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield researching the design of a Journalism Safety Trends tool with CFOM.  She is also assisting in the development of the recently established Journalism Safety Research Network.   Journalistic safety has long been a relatively unexplored topic by academia, but as NORDICOM Professor Ulla Carlsson Read more about Journalists’ Safety Research Network will increase research capacity and knowledge exchange among the community of journalism safety experts[…]

Terrorism and authoritarianism: lessons from the Middle East region

By Dr. Omar Al-Ghazzi, lecturer at the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield With recurrent terrorist attacks in Europe, it has sadly become commonplace for political figures to repeat the defiant statement “we won’t let terrorists change our way of life”. In addition to the violence and suffering these attacks inflict on Read more about Terrorism and authoritarianism: lessons from the Middle East region[…]

How to build a methodology to measure the risk to journalists’ safety in the round?

Sara Torsner is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield researching the design of a Journalism Safety Trends tool with CFOM.  She is also assisting in the development of the recently established Journalism Safety Research Network.   It is increasingly understood that journalism safety is a multi-layered problem that must be addressed with reference Read more about How to build a methodology to measure the risk to journalists’ safety in the round?[…]

The dynamic tension between the press and authority in the UK

By Jonathan Grun, Professional Chair in Journalism, University of Sheffield Guy Black – Lord Black of Brentwood – was addressing last week’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies conference on threats to press freedom in the Commonwealth when he felt compelled to mention the “elephant in the room” of British press freedom: Section 40 of the Crime Read more about The dynamic tension between the press and authority in the UK[…]

The dispute over digital terrestrial television licensing in Greece: curiouser and curiouser

By Dr. Irini Katsirea Reader in International Media Law, Centre for Freedom of the Media, Department of Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield This Think Piece is a shorter version of an article that is forthcoming in the International Journal of Digital Television Since launching 25 years ago, private television stations in Greece Read more about The dispute over digital terrestrial television licensing in Greece: curiouser and curiouser[…]

Journalism in Danger: We must engage journalism students with issues of safety and impunity

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Lada Price By Dr. Lada Trifonova Price, CFOM Curriculum Leader According to figures from UNESCO’s Division on Safety of Journalists and Impunity, 101 journalists were killed in the pursuit of a story in 2016, which on average constitutes one casualty every four days. This problem is widely recognised among Read more about Journalism in Danger: We must engage journalism students with issues of safety and impunity[…]

Propaganda Here and Now

By Professor Piers Robinson Chair in Politics, Society and Political Journalism Department of Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield The current ‘fake news’ crisis has brought to the forefront of debate questions regarding the manipulation of information and the role of deception as a political strategy. One strand of this debate has focused Read more about Propaganda Here and Now[…]

How the UNESCO IPDC programme contributes to making journalism safer

By Silvia Chocarro, PhD, senior consultant on freedom of expression* In the last ten years (2006-2015), 827 journalists, media workers and social media producers have been killed worldwide, according to the latest UNESCO Director-General’s report on The Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity. Many more have been kidnapped, disappeared, imprisoned or threatened. There Read more about How the UNESCO IPDC programme contributes to making journalism safer[…]