Out of Africa: The winning ways of the enemies of press freedom

By William Horsley, CFOM International Director World Press Freedom Day in Africa meant loud drums and a gathering of almost a thousand people – including Ghana’s president, senior  African judges, hundreds of West African journalists and a keen circus of press freedom advocates from all corners of the world. The big question before the freedom-hungry Read more about Out of Africa: The winning ways of the enemies of press freedom[…]

A media view of the Commonwealth summit: too much self-praise and not enough open democracy

By William Horsley, CFOM International Director

Proposals which were described as ‘important and timely’ were submitted for the attention of Commonwealth leaders by an expert Working Group for a new ‘code’ on media-government relations, but they were ignored in the final Communique. Even so, foreign ministers from the organisation’s 53 member states meeting in London heard powerful appeals for the Commonwealth to do more to protect media independence and the lives of journalists who face threats and acts of violence for their work. […]

Poland, cradle of a democratic revolution, again a frontline in the fight for press freedom

By William Horsley, CFOM International Director Gdansk is a bitter-sweet symbol of Poland’s fight against tyranny back in the time of Lech Walesa. The three tall metal crosses erected over the Gdansk shipyard  recall the heady days in 1980 when Solidarity, the East bloc’s first free trade union, triumphed in a trial of strength against the then Read more about Poland, cradle of a democratic revolution, again a frontline in the fight for press freedom[…]

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[…]