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New Research: Alarming Evidence of Online Attacks on Women Journalists Leading to ‘Real World’ Violence

The insidious problem of online violence against women journalists is increasingly spilling offline, with potentially deadly consequences, a new global survey suggests. Twenty percent of women journalists and media workers who participated in the survey – run by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – reported being targeted with offline abuse and attacks that they believe were connected with online violence they had experienced.

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New landmark report calls on Media Freedom Coalition States to create an emergency visa for journalists at risk

A new advisory report published today by the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom chaired by Lord Neuberger and Amal Clooney finds that journalists face unprecedented risks to their safety and makes a number  of key recommendations to States, including the introduction of an emergency visa for journalists at risk. 

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CFOM endorses report on Providing Safe Refuge to Journalists at Risk by the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom

The Centre for Freedom of the Media welcomes and endorses the Report being published today the independent High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom on Providing Safe Refuge to Journalists at Risk. The Centre fully supports the Panel’s key message to State authorities that they must take proactive and effective actions to implement the Recommendations set out in the Report to be in compliance with their legal and political obligations.

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HCPB Hub member Frank Möller launches new website on visual culture in peacebuilding

Frank Möller together with his colleague Rasmus Bellmer, KONE Foundation grantees from Tampere Peace Research Institute, have created a new website which focuses on visual culture in peacebuilding. It serves as a hub for researchers, artists and anyone interested in the link between visual culture and peace, exploring the role of images in peace and peace processes.

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Peacebuilding and communication: ‘We Are Many: Hybrid Resistance to Absolute Singularity’

Of all the different reactions to difference two distinct possibilities emerge like forking paths after encountering the unknown. The first is fascination, stimulating curiosity and a catalyst for learning and appreciating those who are not like us. The second path however is fear, triggered by initial uncertainty, often emotionally stirred up by myths about ‘the other’ and potentially escalating into hate and anger. While a singular conception of identity may seem to offer safety and security it can also shut down perspectives, sending us further down the path of fear. How then can embracing hybridity open up to us that first path which is conducive to the practices of peacebuilding? Furthermore how can we best communicate such hybridity? I’ll be referencing two community relations approaches— single identity work (SIW) and contact hypothesis—as a summation of this contrast. Although this comparison will be situated in the context of my current research (Northern Ireland) the core argument bears relevance to other post-conflict societies.

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Leading human rights lawyer says “concrete changes” needed to reverse setbacks for media freedom worldwide

Can Yeginsu, a member of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom set up last year ,says “concrete changes” in the actions of states are needed to reverse a marked decline in media freedom standards worldwide. The Panel’s core goal is to bring about a higher level of compliance by state authorities with the framework of international legal protections for journalists The leading human rights lawyer spoke at an online meeting with international journalists hosted by William Horsley, the UK Chairman of the Association of European Journalists and International Director of the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM).

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Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences awarded to CFOM and UNESCO Chair Jackie Harrison for outstanding research contributions and impact

Professor Jackie Harrison, Chair of the Centre for the Freedom of the Media and UNESCO Chair on Media Freedom Journalism Safety and the Issue of Impunity has been conferred the prestigious award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences alongside University of Sheffield, Faculty of Social Sciences colleagues, Damian Hodgson (Management School) and Kate Reed (Sociological Studies).

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Breaking down the wall of silence about violence against journalists in Europe

Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) international director William Horsley writes on the findings and recommendations for future action in A Mission to inform: Journalists at risk speak out. The book, co-authored by William Horsley and Dr Marilyn Clark, associate professor of psychology at the University of Malta, was published by the Council of Europe this week. The publication was timed to mark the third anniversary of the assassination of the prominent Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who died in a remote-controlled car bomb explosion on 16 October 2017.

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Experiences of persecution by frontline journalists across Europe analysed in new Council of Europe publication co-authored by CFOM’s William Horsley

The new book entitled “A Mission to inform: Journalists at risk speak out”, authored Prof. Marilyn Clark from the University of Malta and William Horsley, International Director of the Centre for Freedom of the Media, is based on first-hand in-depth interviews with 20 journalists from 18 Council of Europe member states, and narrates their experiences of persecution.

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