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European ministers conference put spotlight on “autocrats” and opponents of media freedom

The June 10-11 ministerial conference on Media and Democracy co-hosted by Cyprus and the Council of Europe shone a rare spotlight on the actions of European governments accused of persecuting journalists and  ‘state capture’ of media. Last Friday the Ministers issued four political resolutions and a Final Declaration and approved a “roadmap” for the 47 member states aimed at reversing the general decline in media freedom, through intense political efforts to ensure that  states implement their obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Imagining a different reality: Filmmaking and Research

Imagining a different reality: Filmmaking and Research

by Nicky Armstrong and Dr Evelyn Pauls

Scholars of the “aesthetic turn” in International Relations have broadened the scope of not only how to study international politics but also what to study (art forms, such as literature or film; aesthetic practices of states, such as military parades or national holidays; and visual material, such as photographs from Abu Ghraib). Bleiker and others have shown how “aesthetic sensibilities can help us rethink some of the most serious problems in global politics” and to find new ways of thinking, seeing, hearing, and sensing the political.

Drawing on the research project “I Have to Speak”, that used participatory documentary filmmaking to explore the long-term reintegration of female ex-combatants as both a method and a dissemination tool, we can look at filmmaking, its potential, and its challenges from three different perspectives: (1) Film as data; (2) film as method and (3) film as output.

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Press freedom: how governments are using COVID as an excuse to crack down on the public’s right to know

On the occasion of the publication of the Reporters Without Borders’ 2021 World Press Freedom Index, UNESCO Chair Jackie Harrison and UNESCO Chair Coordinator Sara Torsner discuss how the index findings raise serious concerns about the lasting impact of the COVID-19 crisis on press freedom globally in a piece for the Conversation. 

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