Around 25 journalists were gathered in hotel Panafric in Nairobi 14 – 15 September to learn about access to information as a journalistic tool. Just two weeks before the Kenyan president had signed a new law on access to information – the 21st in Africa.
The Norwegian journalists Tarjei Leer-Salvesen and Vegard Venli shared their professional experiences from working with searchable public records and transparency in general. The workshop was a collaborative effort between the local office of Article 19 Eastern Africa, the Norwegian Press Association and the Norwegian Institute of Journalism.
It´s the second workshop in a pilot project, which aims to follow up the new Norwegian strategy on freedom of expression and the new sustainability goals of the United Nations, financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The first workshop was held in Tunisia in May, and a third is planned in Nepal in November.
The Norhed Network represented by Erik Adrian Eileng, Kristin Skare Orgeret and Helge Rønning participated, together with their partners from Nepal, Uganda and South Sudan, at the opening of the Nepal African Film Festival in Kathmandu on September 7. The Vice President of Nepal, representatives from NORAD as well as the Norwegian ambassador to Nepal were also present at the opening ceremony. During their stay in Kathmandu the Norhed team held their annual meeting with NORAD and a research seminar where two of the project’s PhD candidates also presented their work.
On Tuesday 13 of September, Professor Orgeret gave a 25 minutes live interview on Nepal national television about the Norhed project and the book Journalism in Conflict and Post Conflict Conditions (Nordicom 2016).
Ethical Journalism Network’s Director Aidan White comments the row between Aftenposten and Facebook over the censorship of one of the most famous images from the Vietnam war. Read the full article about lessons to be learnt from the Facebook fiasco.
Saturday 27 August Elisabeth Eide held a keynote at a Nordic «Future of feminisms» conference in Copenhagen. She presented the experiences from a conference newspaper which appeared daily at the very first Nordic women’s conference in 1988 – and tried to see commonalities and changes in gender politics and journalism.
On September 5th, Erik A. Eileng, Helge Rønning and Kristin Skare Orgeret travel to Kathmandu to participate at the official opening of the Nepal Africa Film Festival, arranged by the Norhed partner CJMC - College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Norhed network, consisting of the journalism schools in Juba (South Sudan), Kampala (Uganda), Kathmandu (Nepal) and HIOA will also organize a research seminar on journalism, conflict and security for researchers and PhD students in Kathmandu. Furthermore the network’s annual meeting will be held, with representatives from NORAD as well as from the Norwegian Embassy in Nepal.
Shirzad arrived here from Afghanistan in March 2015. This is part of a larger “Academic Dugnad”-process whereby Norwegian institutions of higher learning offer refugees and asylum seekers training and work according to their competence.