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[…]

This UN Resolution is a blueprint to save journalists from violence or jail, but do states mean what they say?

William Horsley, CFOM International Director   On 26 September the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted Resolution A/HRC/33/L.6 on the safety of journalists by consensus – that is, with no objections and no vote.   It’s the latest of 8 resolutions adopted by UN bodies in the past four year alone related to the obligation of Read more about This UN Resolution is a blueprint to save journalists from violence or jail, but do states mean what they say?[…]

Fighting back: Journalists need new skills to be effective watchdogs for the public and ward off shackles on press freedom.

This article was first published in the Number 1 Shimbun the newspaper of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. Originally published here, June 2016. by William Horsley Journalists everywhere need to wake up to the new normal: states all around the world are using anti-terrorism, state security and other laws to constrain, harass or lock Read more about Fighting back: Journalists need new skills to be effective watchdogs for the public and ward off shackles on press freedom.[…]

What’s the point of World Press Freedom Day?

William Horsley, International Director of CFOM This year’s commemorations of World Press Freedom Day from May 2-4 in Helsinki attracted a record 1,100 press freedom activists, journalists, international officials and others. The event was practical and focused on seeking solutions to urgent threats and problems, including whistle-blower and source protection, the new frontiers of disinformation Read more about What’s the point of World Press Freedom Day?[…]

Two-and-a-half cheers for the UK’s Freedom of Information Act

Two-and-a-half cheers for the UK’s Freedom of Information Act William Horsley writes for the CJA: This article was first published in the Commonwealth Journalists Association Newsletter, April 2016 British newspapers and press freedom campaigners heaved a sigh of relief after a government-appointed  commission stepped back from proposals to impose charges for disclosure requests, and on Read more about Two-and-a-half cheers for the UK’s Freedom of Information Act[…]

What can the Commonwealth do for journalists?

This article was originally published by BBC Academy, here. It is republished with permission from the author.    How can the Commonwealth confront the repression – and in some cases forceful oppression – of independent and critical journalists in some of its member states? This week Patricia Scotland, a Labour life peer and former Attorney-General, Read more about What can the Commonwealth do for journalists?[…]

CFOM Welcomes OSCE Decision to Re-appoint Dunja Mijatović

CFOM welcomes the decision by the OSCE Ministerial Council to extend the mandate of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, for one year.   The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media has an early warning function and provides rapid response to serious non-compliance with regard to free media and freedom Read more about CFOM Welcomes OSCE Decision to Re-appoint Dunja Mijatović[…]

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[…]

Our International Director’s Report on the 2nd November London event “Stop the Killing of Journalists! Prevention and Justice to end Impunity”

End Impunity Day London Event 2 November 2015 – Report  Stop the Killing of Journalists! Prevention and Justice to end Impunity Public debate in the UK Parliament on 2 November 2015, organised by the Centre for Freedom of the Media, University of Sheffield; PEN International; Article 19; and UNESCO On 2 November 2015 International Day to End Read more about Our International Director’s Report on the 2nd November London event “Stop the Killing of Journalists! Prevention and Justice to end Impunity”[…]

EU leaders must act to protect journalists threatened with violence

This year’s International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists highlights why the safety of journalists is vital to all our freedom, writes William Horsley. 700 journalists killed for their work in 10 years, and a total failure of states to convict any of those responsible in 94 per cent of all those killings. The Read more about EU leaders must act to protect journalists threatened with violence[…]