This UN Resolution is a blueprint to save journalists from violence or jail, but do states mean what they say?

William Horsley, CFOM International Director   On 26 September the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted Resolution A/HRC/33/L.6 on the safety of journalists by consensus – that is, with no objections and no vote.   It’s the latest of 8 resolutions adopted by UN bodies in the past four year alone related to the obligation of[…]


Academics urged to study safety of journalists

Originally published here. Republished with permission.  A group of 40 researchers took part in a UNESCO workshop held this week at the 2016 conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research at the University of Leicester, UK. The occasion also served to publicise a new network for sharing knowledge projects about the safety[…]


CFOM Welcomes OSCE Decision to Re-appoint Dunja Mijatović

CFOM welcomes the decision by the OSCE Ministerial Council to extend the mandate of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, for one year.   The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media has an early warning function and provides rapid response to serious non-compliance with regard to free media and freedom[…]


New App, eyeWitness to Atrocities, Could Solve Problem of Authenticating Citizen Journalists Work

At the recent UNESCO conference, News Organizations Standing Up for the Safety of Media Professionals,  at which our International Director was present, editors and journalists discussed how to improve the security and authenticity of video and other data used to report serious human rights abuses. One such app, eyeWitness, provides a secure method of verification[…]


Threats to media freedom in Macedonia: CFOM’s educational visit from media representative

CFOM was recently visited by Zoran Fidanoski, a member of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services in Macedonia among other positions. His visit formed part of a six week trip to the UK. The trip was part of ‘FCO Programme for Professional Development for Western Balkans – Leaders for the Future’, during which[…]


New Publication from CFOM on the EU’s attitude to media freedom

A new publication from CFOM was released at the end of last year, written by our chair and a member of our research team. The chapter is included in Comparative Perspectives on the Fundamental Freedom of Expression, a book collecting articles form a range of scholars, each with a distinctive perspective on media freedom. the article is[…]