Freedom of expression and fact-based journalism key to countering the disinformation crisis CFOM researchers conclude in new Broadband Commission / UNESCO research report

A new UN Broadband Commission research report authored by CFOM researchers Kalina Bontcheva, Julie Posetti, and Diana Maynard, alongside a multidisciplinary team of international researchers, maps the diverse range of global responses to disinformation, along with the impacts of counter-disinformation measures on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, as described in Article 19 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

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Graffiti as Arts Activism in Peacebuilding

Local peacebuilding practices involving civil society are often perceived to be just that – civil, respectful, and lawful, often involving benevolent external partners to work at a grassroots level to assist in the transition of a state of conflict to peace. However, this popular concept of more formalised local peacebuilding excludes the informal, individual attempts to contribute to wider social discussions of peace, including street art and graffiti.

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IAMCR 2020: CFOM presents research examining the relationship between the safety of journalists and media and information literacy

As part of the Journalism Safety Research Network (JSRN) initiative, the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) and UNESCO joined forces to present research related to the issue of the safety of journalists and media and information literacy at the 2020 International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) online conference which started on 13 July.

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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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