Addis Ababa, 2019

The 4th Academic Conference on the Safety of Journalists was organised by UNESCO, the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University and the research group MEKK (media, war and conflict) at OsloMet University, in partnership with the University of Malaga and the University of Sheffield (Centre for Freedom of the Media) during World Press Freedom Day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2019.


As an outcome of the conference the journal Media and Communication published a special issue entitled ‘Rethinking Safety of Journalists‘ (2020, Volume 8, Issue 1) edited by Kristin Orgeret and William Tayeebwa. All articles are open access.

Accra, 2018

The conference was organised by UNESCO and the School of Information and Communication Studies, University of Ghana in collaboration also with the University of Sheffield during World Press Freedom Day in Accra, Ghana, 2018. In connection with the Academic Conference a Policy Lab was also held on the topic of national mechanisms for prevention, protection against and prosecution of violence against journalists: emerging models and their effectiveness.


Information (Call for papers and Policy Lab submissions) can be found here.

Paper presentations are available: World Press Freedom Day Research Conference on the Safety of Journalists (GHANA).

Jakarta, 2017

Conference on the Safety of Journalists

The conference was organized by UNESCO in collaboration with Hong Kong Baptist University during World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta, Indonesia, 2017.


Program and abstracts, accessible here.

Publication: Special issue on The Safety of Journalists. Edited by Cherian George. Accessible here.

Helsinki, 2016

The Research Conference was organised by UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair at University of Gothenburg in collaboration with IAMCR, University of Sheffield, University of Helsinki and University of Tampere during World Press Freedom Day in Helsinki, Finland, on 3 and 4 May 2016.  During the Conference the Centre for Freedom of the Media, CFOM at the University of Sheffield, and UNESCO announced the launch of the Journalism Safety Research Network  to strengthen future academic networking and collaboration in the area.


Program booklet, accessible here.

Publication: The Assault on Journalism. Building Knowledge to Protect Freedom of Expression. Edited by Ulla Carlsson and Reeta Pöythäri
Accessible here.