Since 2012 the Centre for Freedom of the Media has published the Media Freedom Papers (MFP), an occasional series of reports on topical issues for media freedom around the world – including chronic violations of legitimate press freedom, judicial impunity, and innovations in the ways in which journalism is practised.
by Scott Eldridge II
Through this paper, Eldridge looks at a number of challenges that both WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, confront in gaining public support to defend the activities carried out by the whistleblower website.
About the author
Scott Eldridge II is a PhD student in the Department of Journalism studies at the University of Sheffield. He is researching Traditional Journalism identities as it confronts New Media, and exploring issues surrounding WikiLeaks and Journalism under the supervision of Dr. Jairo Lugo-Ocando.
by Andrés Cañizalez
Cañizalez, director of the Venezuelan chapter of the Press and Society Institute (IPYS), examines in the paper the links between media freedom and poverty, and the way mass media should work to decrease social inequalities. In addition he focuses on the case of Venezuela, a country in which more media pluralism is needed to foster democratic institutions.
About the author
Andrés Cañizález is a researcher at the Centre of Communication Research at the Universidad Católica Andres Bello (UCAB), in Caracas. He also serves as academic coordinator of UCAB’s Program for Advanced Studies in Freedom of Expression and the Right to Information.Ph.D. in political science at Simón Bolívar University. In 2002, he founded and assumed directorship of the Venezuelan chapter of the Press and Society Institute. An incisive commentator on relations between government and media in Venezuela, Cañizález directed the quarterly Jesuit magazine Comunicación from 2000 to 2006. Widely published in Venezuelan periodicals, he recently contributed two chapters—one on the Venezuelan media and another on national broadcasting systems—to the edited volume The Media in Latin America, published by McGraw Hill (London) in 2008.