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UNESCO report launched in Africa

Photo from streaming: Lydia Gachungi from UNESCO

Lydia Gachungi at the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa presented the World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development Global Report in Uganda 14 March.

Around 70 guests from media, civil society, embassies and the university were present at the launch hosted by the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University in Kampala.

Meddie Mulumba from the Uganda Human Rights Commission launched the report officially, after discussions, speeches and welcome remarks by the Dean Aaron Mushengyezi.

Among the guests were the Norwegian Ambassador Susan Eckey and Rune Ottosen from the Norwegian National Commission of UNESCO and OsloMet.

Rune Ottosen from OsloMet with some of the local organizers – and the global report

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From the launch in Asia 27 February



Gerald Walulya in Oslo for his PhD

Gerald Walulya defended his thesis “Hybrid Journalism? An Investigation into Press Coverage of Elections in East Africa’s One-party Dominant States of Tanzania and Uganda” 7 March at the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo. He was the the first NORHED PhD-student to do so.

Walulya is Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Journalism & Communication at Makerere University in Kampala in Uganda. He was the local coordinator for a course in safety for journalists students organized by JMIC last year (more information)





International projects awarded in Norwegian Picture of the Year

The photojournalism alumnis Line Hårklau, Christian Breidlid, Javier Auris and Anders Melchior were awarded for their visual stories created during the course in International Reporting. The course is a part of the Bachelor program in photojournalism. The annual Norwegian Picture of the Year competition was held 9 March – more info about Årets bilde:

“Still Inside the Glass Dome”

Women from all over Pakistan, Asia and the world were in the audience – and some men.

Institute for Communication Studies together with JMIC and AMCAP (Association of Media and Communication Academic Professionals), hosted a two-day conference on women and media on 28 February and 1 March at Punjab University, Lahore. A considerable number of academics, journalists, and media students presented both journalistic experiences and research papers in plenaries and seminars. Participants came from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Norway, and from a wide range of cities in Pakistan. 


Asia launch of media report

Muhammad Zakria Zakar, Vice Chancellor at the University of the Punjab during his speech.

Vice Chancellor at the University of the Punjab, Muhammad Zakria Zakar, spoke at the International Conference on “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: A Pakistani Perspective on UNESCO Report” in Lahore 27 February.


Researching Media in Africa

Helge Rønning, Bruce Mutsvairo, Kristin Skare Orgeret and Hilde Arntsen (to the right) (Photo: Erik A Eileng)

Bruce Mutsvairo, editor of the Palgrave Handbook of Media and Communication Research in Africa, opened the ‘Researching Media in Africa’ seminar at Oslo Metropolitan University the 22 February.


Vice rector Morten Irgens and Research Director Kristin Sverdrup wished welcome to the seminar, which marked the start of the OsloMet Africa Network.


Phd candidate Gerald Walulya from Makerere University and JMIC’s Kristin Skare Orgeret presented research during the seminar.


The Palgrave Handbook was launched in the afternoon in cooperation with the Norwegian Council for Africa.



Tunisia: Safety for journalists in hostile environment

Tunisian journalist students took part in a three day training in safety (Photo: Hanene Zbiss)

Journalists and students from Institut de Presse et Sciences de l’Information (IPSI) in Tunis attended a training 13 – 15 February on “Safety for journalists in hostile environment”.

The training was animated by Abeer Saady, the main trainer, Marte Høiby, doctoral researcher and trainer in journalist safety and Amine Ben Massoud, doctoral researcher in media and communication sciences, and trainer in investigative journalism and field journalism.


Global media report in Arabic

Representative of the Prime Minister of Palestine, Minister of Justice Dr. Ali Abu Diak during his opening speech (Photo: Rua´a Makhlouf)

The Arabic version of UNESCOs World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development Global Report (2017/2018) has been launched at An-Najah National University in Nablus in Palestine.   

The launch was a cooperation between UNESCO, the university and JMIC – which has also supported the Arabic translation. 


Access to information in South Asia

The participants from seven countries after the training (Photo CIJ-N)


Around thirty journalists from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Norway were gathered in Kathmandu17 and 18 January.

The aim was to learn about access to information as a journalistic tool and to exchange experiences from their own practice. The workshop was the first such regional training.

It was organized by the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) Nepal in collaboration with Article 19 South Asia and Journalism and Media International Center (JMIC) at Oslo and Akershus University College (HiOA).


New board of JMIC

Journalism and Media International Center – JMIC – the short name, now has this board:


Anne Hege Simonsen from the Department of Journalism and Media Studies is the head.  

Ann-Helén Bay is representing the Faculty of Social Sciences.  

Atta Ansari is an investigative journalist from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).

Substitute members of the board are Steen Steensen and Kristin Skare Orgeret from the Department of Journalism and Media Studies and Amund Bakke Foss from the media company Verdens Gang (VG).

One of the first tasks of the  new board has been to develop a platform and guidelines for the center.

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