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Debating Free Expression

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Summing up ten years of debate - looking back, looking forward

Professor Elisabeth Eide

Under the headline Ten Years Debating Freedom of Expression – Looking Back, Looking Forward appr. 40 participants – both journalists and media academics – from around ten countries gather in Jakarta 23 – 25 January.

The debates started after the controversies in the aftermath of the Muhammed caricatures published in Jyllands-Posten. One of the initiatives was to invite journalists from a wide range of countries for dialogue conferences in Indonesia and Norway respectively. Now, more than ten years after the first Global Intermedia Dialogue (GIMD) conference was held in Indonesia, the ambition is to highlight experiences and look ahead.

The discussions will focus on themes such as Hate Speech – Social media, Media and Marginalization – Gender, Religious, Ethnic and Sexual Minorities, Dialogue vs Confrontation, 20 Years after Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations”, Terrorism – Extremism, The Post-Truth Era?– and last, but not least: How free is fiction? Literature and limits.

The conference is a cooperation between the Department of Communication, Universitas Indonesia (Communication Research Centre, Department of Communication Faculty of Social and Political Sciences) and JMIC (Department of Journalism and Media Studies: International Center, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences).

A publication with journalistic and academic contributions from this and a conference in March last year is planned.


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Students from seven countries for MA-course in conflict journalism

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International student group attending course at JMIC

From South Sudan, Nepal, Iran, Pakistan and Palestine 13 students have arrived in Oslo to attend a course in journalism on globalization, war and peace at HiOA together with 11 students based in Norway.

The course will run from 16 January until 3 February. The students will learn different theories on globalization and conflict, the processes of media globalization and journalistic performances in war and conflicts.

Their teachers are JMIC staff Elisabeth Eide, Rune Ottosen, Kristin Skare Orgeret and Roy Krøvel, as well as editor Nawzat Shamdin from Iraq and the independent journalist Anders Sømme Hammer, who has done extensive work in Afghanistan – among others.

The students already have bachelor´s degrees, and will write a term paper or a reportage as part of their exam. More information about the course is available here.

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JMIC to evaluate IAWRT

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JMIC’s bid answering a call for evaluation of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) has been...

A team with partners from Uganda and Norway will do the job, starting from a meeting with IAWRT representatives Friday 7 January.

The team is led by JMICs director Elisabeth Eide, and includes research associate Hanna Marie Knudsen (MA, Journalism Studies, HiOA), Prof. Goretti Linda Nassanga and research associate Brian Semujju, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

The evaluation work includes desk studies, interviews and polls, as well as field trips to selected chapters of the IAWRT.

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Rune Ottosen in the National Commission for UNESCO

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Important contribution to the JMIC network

JMIC staff member Rune Ottosen has been appointed as a member of the Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO in the period 2017-2020 by the Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

The new Commission has eight members from different academic and civil sectors. The composition of the Commission reflects the four disciplines UNESCO: education, science, culture and communication.

The National Commission’s mandate is to promote UNESCO’s ideas and make UNESCO known in the Norwegian society. Co-operation with other National Commissions and international actors is a priority for the Commission. Read more

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Master candidates graduate in Norhed project

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The project is led by JMIC staff member Roy Krøvel.

The first master candidates of the Norhed project “RUIICAY-HIOA Intercultural Communication Linkage” graduate this fall. The project is a university network collaboration aiming to increase institutional capacities on autonomous intercultural communication in education and research. The students learn how to address the challenges of indigenous people in Latin America from an intercultural or journalistic perspective, and how journalism and media can facilitate respectful dialogue between people and cultures.

The courses of the program circulate between Ecuador, Colombia, and Nicaragua, and the 21 master candidates represent all three countries.

Read more about this in HiOA’s newspaper Khrono (in Norwegian only).

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