Research study “Legal systems: friend or foe for the safety of journalists”: advancing the holistic approach and proposing a new tool to explore the role of law in safeguarding journalism

It is often suggested that the holistic approach to the safety of journalists, which presupposes engagement on three different levels: physical, mental and digital (see for example: An Attack on One is an Attack on All (IPDC, 2017), can advance a safe environment for journalists and the media. Despite the unquestionable relevance of this approach and its profound importance in countering the various threats journalists face in their work, it fails to incorporate the salient role of legislation and state institutions in shaping the safety landscape.

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Round Table Consultation: “Research perspectives on the Public Information and Strategic Communication during Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR)”

Joint event between the United Nations Department of Peace Operations (DPO)/Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI)/DDR Section and with the research group on UN Media and Peace Processes (RUNMAPP) at the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), Sheffield University.

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New report shows that UNESCO designations lead the way on sustainable development and create value for communities across the UK

New research on the National Value of UNESCO to the United Kingdom by the UK National Commission for UNESCO (released on 25 June 2020) shows that UNESCO projects can help build a greener, more equal and more peaceful world, while also creating financial value. It is estimated that UNESCO projects in the UK generate an estimated £151 million of financial benefit to local communities each year and help bring them together to protect and conserve some of the most important places across the country.

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New CFOM study compares editorial standards and complaints handling before and after IPSO

The Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), University of Sheffield, has conducted a two-year comprehensive study of editorial standards of accuracy and complaints handling pre- and post-IPSO. At a time of intense political debate about disinformation in general, and also in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ability to find accurate and trustworthy information has never been more important. The aim of the research, conducted by Dr. Chrysi Dagoula (University of Groningen), Professor Jackie Harrison (University of Sheffield) and Dr. Irini Katsirea (PI) (University of Sheffield) is to explore member publishers’ editorial standards and, in particular, whether and how standards of complaints handling have changed within the industry.

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World Press Freedom Day 2020 – free and independent journalism grounded in truth and fact is crucial to remedying COVID-19 disinformation crisis writes UNESCO Chair Jackie Harrison

Every year, World Press Freedom Day (May 3) is a day when we celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom and the invaluable work journalists do to provide the public with reliable and accurate information. Confronted as we are with the current COVID-19 pandemic, the role of journalism that is guided by a commitment to the truth – and an absolute obligation not to deceive – is more important than ever.

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COVID-19 ‘disinfodemic’ – CFOM researchers reveal the scale of life-threatening coronavirus disinformation in new UNESCO reports

Two members of the Centre for Freedom of the Media research team at the University of Sheffield, Julie Posetti (who is Global Director of Research at the International Center for Journalists) and Kalina Bontcheva (who is Head of the Natural Language Processing Research Group at the Department of Computer Science), have written two new UNESCO Policy Briefs that assess the worrying extent of misinformation that has accompanied the COVID-19 crisis. The research was produced in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).

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