Can a Free Press Survive in Russia? The scorecard so far

By Nadezda Azhgikhina, vice president of the European Federation of Journalists and board member of the Free Word Association.

In 2017 the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation handed down an exceptionally important decision. It struck down a series of previous convictions handed down against Elena Nadtoka, the editor of a local newspaper in the Rostov Region, and instructed the local courts concerned to reverse their verdicts. The move followed a final ruling from the European Court of Human Rights on what was seen as a crucial test case in the struggle for survival of free media in Russia.

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Ahed Tamimi: father speaks of his pride as Palestinian activist prepares for trial

Emma Heywood, a Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Journalism Studies, wrote this article which has been published on The Conversation based on her first-hand experience of life in the West Bank, where her research is focused on the role of local radio in NGO activities in war-affected zones. CFOM is re-publishing her article on our website because the issues raised by the subject-matter – the circumstances of the arrest and prosecution of a 17-year old Palestinian girl and her prospective trial in an Israeli military court – address issues of relevance to a wider debate about the protection of freedom of expression and other universal rights, as well as definitions of national security, and access to justice.     […]

Wanted: clear criteria for news organisations when dealing with hate speech and extremist content

By Chris Elliott, a Trustee of the Ethical Journalism Network and former Readers’ Editor of The Guardian There are clear signs that hate speech is on the increase, often turbo charged by social media. The London Bridge attacks in July triggered a big spike in hate crimes with a significant amount of them being attacks Read more about Wanted: clear criteria for news organisations when dealing with hate speech and extremist content[…]

The flawed role of the media in international justice and reconciliation in former Yugoslavia

Dejana Radisavljević is a PhD researcher on international criminal sentences, University of Sheffield School of Law; LL.M, University of Leicester School of Law; formerly Legal Assistant at The Hague and Arusha branches of the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals.   In 1993 the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY’) was established to Read more about The flawed role of the media in international justice and reconciliation in former Yugoslavia[…]

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[…]