UNESCO 2017 World Press Freedom Day conference heralds more academic input to international work on journalists’ safety

By Sara Torsner. Sara is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield researching the design of a Journalism Safety Trends tool with CFOM.  She is also assisting in the development of the recently established Journalism Safety Research Network. At the 2017 UNESCO World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Jakarta on May 1-4, close attention was Read more about UNESCO 2017 World Press Freedom Day conference heralds more academic input to international work on journalists’ safety[…]

How to build a methodology to measure the risk to journalists’ safety in the round?

Sara Torsner is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield researching the design of a Journalism Safety Trends tool with CFOM.  She is also assisting in the development of the recently established Journalism Safety Research Network.   It is increasingly understood that journalism safety is a multi-layered problem that must be addressed with reference Read more about How to build a methodology to measure the risk to journalists’ safety in the round?[…]

The Commonwealth as an international force to counter violence against journalists?

William Horsley, CFOM International Director This week the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland QC, said the 52-nation organisation must recognise the weaknesses in government accountability that lie behind the violent deaths of 61 journalists worldwide last year, according to Reporters Without Borders figures. She called that figure ‘appalling’ and deplored the fact that in Read more about The Commonwealth as an international force to counter violence against journalists?[…]

How the UNESCO IPDC programme contributes to making journalism safer

By Silvia Chocarro, PhD, senior consultant on freedom of expression* In the last ten years (2006-2015), 827 journalists, media workers and social media producers have been killed worldwide, according to the latest UNESCO Director-General’s report on The Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity. Many more have been kidnapped, disappeared, imprisoned or threatened. There Read more about How the UNESCO IPDC programme contributes to making journalism safer[…]

THE CFOM LECTURE AND DEBATE 9 Nov 2016

CFOM Lecture by Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development Lecture and debate: ‘Your right to know relies on justice for journalists under attack’ Below is an overview of the CFOM annual lecture written by our International Director William Horsley. “Stand up for journalists, justice and the public’s right to know” Read more about THE CFOM LECTURE AND DEBATE 9 Nov 2016[…]

JSRN Hub Launch

At a UNESCO research conference on the safety of journalists during the celebrations of World Press Freedom Day in Helsinki, Finland on 3 and 4 May 2016, UNESCO declared ‘that the Safety of Journalists paved the way for academic research cooperation’. To advance such cooperation the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), University of Sheffield, Read more about JSRN Hub Launch[…]

International Day to End Impunity 2016 – UNESCO Director General’s Report

UNESCO has today released key findings from its Director General’s Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity, focussed on the years 2014-2015. The report shows that the year 2015 had the second highest number of journalist’s killed in the past ten years. Measured by the total number of journalists killed doing Read more about International Day to End Impunity 2016 – UNESCO Director General’s Report[…]

Helsinki Research Conference – Media Freedom Network

Running alongside the World Press Freedom Day conference in Helsinki was the first World Press Freedom Day Research conference, organised in part by CFOM. The conference was attended by more than 50 academics from across the globe. The aim was to discuss and share research and ultimately to form a new academic research network that Read more about Helsinki Research Conference – Media Freedom Network[…]

Big Media ‘must do more’ to protect journalists

  William Horsley   The big guns of the world’s media have found themselves at fault. At UNESCO’s Paris headquarters on 5 February, 200 senior media managers, editors and journalists from around the world, whose everyday job is to hold others to account, publicly examined their own record in standing up for the safety of Read more about Big Media ‘must do more’ to protect journalists[…]

International Conference on Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, October 9-10 2015 in Costa Rica

Source: UNESCO International Conference on Impunity for Crimes against Journalists UNESCO partners with Inter-American System of Human Rights for Impunity conference to take place on 9-10 October 2015 in San José, Costa Rica. Actors from the judicial and legal communities will take part in this event as an advance commemoration of the International Day to Read more about International Conference on Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, October 9-10 2015 in Costa Rica[…]