JMIC in the Parliament


Elisabeth Eide in the Parliament

JMIC Director Elisabeth Eide made a presentation about freedom of expression and media freedom in Egypt in the Norwegian Parliament Tuesday 15 January.

JMIC was invited by The Standing Committee on Defense and Foreign Relations 

The situation in Egypt was also the focus of the presentation of  Bjørn Olav Utvik, Head of Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Oslo

Associate Professor at the Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Oslo, Joakim Parslow, spoke about the situation in Turkey.

Freedom of speech in Turkey was the theme of the presentation of  Hege Newth Nouri, Secretary General in Norwegian PEN. 



Publication by this year’s Ossietzky Award winner Ahmedur ‘Tutul’ Chowdury, ICORN resident writer in Norway, originally from Bangladesh.

Here with its 11th issue: Shuddhashar has grown to include new writers and new topics. We firmly believe that reading, writing and thinking work well together,  and we hope that you find thought-provoking and informative articles in this issue.

We also eagerly wait for your contribution!  Please reach out to us.

Transnational climate journalism

In co-operation with the NGO Datamation Foundation and the MediaClimate network, JMIC/OsloMet held a three day workshop in Delhi planning for transnational co-operation in education and research on climate journalism. Participants from Australia, Bangladesh, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Sri Lanka, Turkey, UK and Uganda were present, several more via skype, al recognizing that climate change is one of the world’s major challenges.

The future aim is to create a digital resource bank sharing research articles/initiatives, educational resources and important journalistic work within the field of climate change.

Moroccan documentaries

Anne Hege Simonsen with the two winners and the jury in Rabat

Anne Hege Simonsen, the head of the JMIC board, was part of a jury judging short documentaries in Morocco this week.

The screening took place is Institut Supériur de l´Information et de la Communication (ISIC) in Rabat.

She also held a Master class for ISIC students enrolled in the Migration and Media Masters.


Chilling effects

Guy Berger From UNESCO
Guy Berger From UNESCO

The 4th annual conference on the Safety of Journalists was held at Oslo Metropolitan University 5 – 6 November under headline “the chilling effects”.

Guy Berger, Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development in UNESCO in Paris, spoke about “From global norms to national mechanisms for protecting journalists”. Continue reading “Chilling effects”

Challenges to Freedom of Expression: Crimes against journalists: persecution, prevention, protection

Thomas Hughes from ARTICLE 19

The international day to end impunity for crimes against journalists was marked with a special event in Oslo 2 November, hosted by Free Expression Foundation (Fritt Ord) and Executice Director Knut Olav Åmås.

Executive Director of ARTICLE 19 Thomas Hughes showed a new metrix to evaluate the state of freedom of expression and information around the world. Continue reading “Challenges to Freedom of Expression: Crimes against journalists: persecution, prevention, protection”