Letter to the Minister

Journalists and journalist organisations all over the world have written to the authorities in Bangladesh to protest the detention of Shahidul Alam.

Norwegian Press Photographers’ Association has addressed their letter to the Minister of Home Affairs, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Bangladesh Secretariat Dhaka:

”Honourable Home Minister, On behalf of the Norwegian Press Photographer’s Association I call for You to: Immediately and unconditionally release Shahidul Alam, who is a prisoner of conscience, and drop all charges as he has been detained solely for peacefully exercising his human right to freedom of expression; Ensure that activists, human rights defenders, journalists, academics and members of the political opposition and other members of the public are able to peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association.”

The letter is signed by Jarle Aasland, Chairman, Norwegian Press Photographers’ Association.

 

Editors ask for Shahidul Alam´s release

Shahidul Alam outside the hospital yesterday (Photo: Drik)

Association of Norwegian Editors has written to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammad Javed Patwary, at the Police Headquarters in Dhaka in Bangladesh: 

”On behalf of the Association of Norwegian Editors I call for You to:

·      Immediately and unconditionally release Shahidul Alam, who is a prisoner of conscience, and drop all charges as he has been detained solely for peacefully exercising his human right to freedom of expression;

·      Ensure that activists, human rights defenders, journalists, academics and members of the political opposition and other members of the public are able to peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association.”

writes Secretary General Arne Jensen. The association has also sent a letter to the Ministry of Interior in Bangladesh. 

 

Makerere University holds the rig on press freedom

By Agnes Tumuheire

The Department of Journalism and Communication, Makerere University has hosted a one week session of the Rig Press Freedom project.

The reporting on press freedom focused on five African countries namely; Rwanda, Zambia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Kenya.

Thirty eight final year journalism students participated in the project. They were divided into five groups, with each group focusing on one country. The five groups of students were supported by five local teachers and two Norwegian teachers. The main task of the participating students was to write news stories on the media environment and conditions for press freedom in the assigned countries.

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Support to #Metoo-project

The project “Journalistic professionalism in the coverage of #Metoo” receives NOK 350 000 from the Norwegian Council of Applied Media Research.

The project, lead by Professor Kristin Skare Orgeret, will study professional dilemmas in the journalistic coverage of #metoo, with a particular emphasis on the use of sources, the media focus on individuals and the editorial processes.

The project analyses the media coverage by seven Norwegian media institutions from 16th October 3017 to 16 April 2018, and will look into the ethical discussions that took place within the media houses in relation to the #metoo coverage.

Cairo Media Conference

Future media and changing media paradigms in the digital age were the central topics at the Cairo Media Conference organized on 8 and 9 May, with participants from Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon and – Norway. Characteristic of the conference was also the blend of editors, journalists and media academics, which opted for fruitful exchanges. Tarek Atia, founder of the Egypt Media Development Program(EMDP) was the main host for the conference, which was a co-operation between EMDP and Egyptian Editors forum (EEF), the American University in Cairo (AUC) and JMIC/OsloMet.

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Prize to Syrian journalist

Lina Chawaf when she visted OsloMet in February this year

Lina Chawaf, Executive Director of Rozana Radio, will receive the Swedish Reporters without Borders’ press freedom award 2018.

The prize is a recognition of her struggle to defend the freedom of the press, according to the webpage of Rozana Radio

She will receive the award at a ceremony to be held in Stockholm on May 3, the World Press Freedom day.