Think Pieces

State capture of public media: the case of “Wiadomości” (the News), Polish public television main daily newscast

Addressing Global Challenges to Journalism and Press Freedom” was the theme of the International Summer School hosted by Sheffield Hallam University in cooperation with the University of Sheffield in the last week of July 2019. On 28 July CFOM’s international director William Horsley chaired a Panel Session on “Media Capture as a threat to democracy and press freedom.

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Lies, damned lies, and the state capture of Polish public television

On a snowy February 2019 evening over 150 demonstrators gathered in front of the public television (TVP) building in the centre of Warsaw. We shouted “Shame!”, “Employ journalists!”, and “TVP lies!”. The old theme tune of communist era TV news blared out of loudspeakers as an accompaniment to the protest. A squad of police officers had cordoned off the entrance to the building and was escorting TVP employees as they came out through the angry crowd.

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Japan’s blurred vision of media freedom

New research and analysis supports the UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye’s findings from his 2017 Japan report and presents fresh cases pointing to need for remedial actions by the Japanese government.

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Fake news has always existed, but quality journalism has a history of survival

Professor Jackie Harrison, CFOM Chair, writes about the long history of media manipulation and fake news, and the staying power of quality journalism. This piece for The Conversation, published on the World Press Freedom Day 2018, marks also the UNESCO announcement for Jackie Harrison, who has been awarded a prestigious new UNESCO Chair in Media Freedom, Journalism Safety and the Issue of Impunity.

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

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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