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In Poland, Media Freedom Fears Persist as New Plans Restricting Journalists’ Access to Parliament to be Unveiled in January

William Horsley, CFOM International Director In many parts of Europe the freedom of the media is under serious threat not only from restrictive laws but also from a wide range of administrative and informal constraints and pressures. In Poland the government has already enacted a law to take direct control of the governance of public Read more about In Poland, Media Freedom Fears Persist as New Plans Restricting Journalists’ Access to Parliament to be Unveiled in January[…]

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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[…]

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Time for a New Commonwealth Initiative on Media Freedom

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[…]

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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[…]

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International Day to End Impunity 2016 – UNESCO Director General’s Report

UNESCO has today released key findings from its Director General’s Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity, focussed on the years 2014-2015. The report shows that the year 2015 had the second highest number of journalist’s killed in the past ten years. Measured by the total number of journalists killed doing Read more about International Day to End Impunity 2016 – UNESCO Director General’s Report[…]

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CFOM Annual Lecture 2016

To mark the International Day to End Impunity, the Centre for Freedom of Media will host a special event focused on justice for victims of crimes against journalists for students and staff, during our International Journalism Week on Wednesday, 9th November. Guy Berger, Director of the Freedom of Expression and Media Development Division of UNESCO, will Read more about CFOM Annual Lecture 2016[…]

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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 Read more about This UN Resolution is a blueprint to save journalists from violence or jail, but do states mean what they say?[…]

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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 Read more about Academics urged to study safety of journalists[…]

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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 Read more about CFOM Welcomes OSCE Decision to Re-appoint Dunja Mijatović[…]