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[…]

CFOM to take part in consultation on the UN Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity

CFOM members, Jackie Harrison, William Horsley and Stef Pukallus will participate in the multi-stakeholder Consultation on Strengthening the UN Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity in Geneva on 29 June 2017.  CFOM, as a partner of UNESCO in advancing the implementation of the UN Action Plan, was invited to Read more about CFOM to take part in consultation on the UN Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity[…]

CFOM part of effort to include Journalism Safety in the Jakarta Declaration for World Press Freedom Day 2017

On an initiative by Silvia Chocarro, IFEX Global Advocacy Strategist and CFOM member, members of the JSRN network as well as other academics and civil society organisations, including Committee to Protect Journalists, presented a joint proposal to include an explicit reference to the role of academic institutions and research in the Jakarta Declaration. As a Read more about CFOM part of effort to include Journalism Safety in the Jakarta Declaration for World Press Freedom Day 2017[…]

Is balance out of date? A survival guide for journalism’

The open Internet age spells information overload and the demise of old media. The tenets of journalism –– balance and objectivity — risk being swept away too. Will new ways be found to hold power to account? Or are we heading back towards information fortresses? In some places it’s happening already. CFOM International Director, William Read more about Is balance out of date? A survival guide for journalism’[…]

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?[…]

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[…]

THE CFOM LECTURE AND DEBATE 9 Nov 2016

CFOM Lecture by Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development Lecture and debate: ‘Your right to know relies on justice for journalists under attack’ Below is an overview of the CFOM annual lecture written by our International Director William Horsley. “Stand up for journalists, justice and the public’s right to know” Read more about THE CFOM LECTURE AND DEBATE 9 Nov 2016[…]

Time for a New Commonwealth Initiative on Media Freedom

By William Horsley, CFOM International Director This article written by William Horsley and David Page, was published by the ‘Round Table’, the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, on 3 November. In it the authors make the case for new and robust forms of engagement by the 52-nation Commonwealth to protect media freedom in order to make Read more about Time for a New Commonwealth Initiative on Media Freedom[…]

JSRN Hub Launch

At a UNESCO research conference on the safety of journalists during the celebrations of World Press Freedom Day in Helsinki, Finland on 3 and 4 May 2016, UNESCO declared ‘that the Safety of Journalists paved the way for academic research cooperation’. To advance such cooperation the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), University of Sheffield, Read more about JSRN Hub Launch[…]