I dag, mandag 14. oktober, presenterer MEKK-medlem Bjørn Westlie sin nyeste bok.
I krig er sannhet det første offeret, og slik var det også i Norge under andre verdenskrig.
Nasjonal Samling (NS) presset avisene til å trykke jødefiendtlige artikler fra partiets eget pressebyrå Norsk Artikkeltjeneste (NAT). NATs funksjon og innholdet i artiklene har til nå vært et ubeskrevet kapittel i vår okkupasjonshistorie. I boka «Det norske jødehatet: propaganda og presse under okkupasjonen» viser Bjørn Westlie hvordan NS utnyttet den tyske okkupasjonen til politisk å endre norske aviser. Forfatteren intervjues av journalist og historiker Astrid Sverresdotter Dypvik.
Arr.: Res Publica
Arrangementet er gratis og foregår på Nasjonalbiblioteket
NB DRAFT PROGRAMME!
5th annual conference on the Safety of Journalists – Digital Safety
November 6th, 7th and 8th 2019
Organized by the Research group Media, War and Conflict, MEKK & Fritt Ord supported by UNESCO, the Journalism and Media International Center (JMIC)
and OsloMet Digital Journalism Research Group (DJRG)
Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Wednesday 6th of November
18:00 – 20:00
FRITT ORD, Uranienborgveien 2
Knut Olav Åmås, director FRITT ORD
Guy Berger, UNESCO
Digital safety while reporting
Leandro Demori, The Intercept Brasil
Neena Kapur, New York Times
Osman Kibar, journalist Dagens Næringsliv
Heidi Taksdal Skjeseth, Moderator (tbc)
Thursday 7th of November
Athene 1 & 2, OsloMet, Pilestredet 46, Oslo
0830 Registration, coffee & tea
Professors Roy Krøvel and Kristin Skare Orgeret, Research group MEKK
Music by Marte Wulff & Marte Vike Arnesen
0930 Official Conference Opening
Nikolai Astrup, Minister of Digitalisation
Curt Rice, Rector OsloMet
1000 – 1040 Key Note
Muthoki Mumo, Sub-Saharan Africa Representative. Committee to Protect Journalists
1040 – 1130 Key Note
Journalism and the risks of publicity and free speech
Silvio Waisbord, Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University.
1130 – 1145 Break
1145 – 1230
Results from Making Transparency Possible: Digital Research & Safety concerns.
Daniela Quirós Lépiz, journalist Burkina Faso/Costa Rica
Craig McCune, journalist South Africa
Jan Lukas Strozyk, journalist Germany
1230 – 1330 Lunch
1330 – 1415
11 tips for protecting your privacy and digital security
Olivia Martin, Digital Security Trainer at Freedom of the Press Foundation.
1430 – 1500
#Vazajato: reporting on corruption in Brazil
Leandro Demori, Executive Editor The Intercept Brazil.
1515 – 1615
Workshop: Doxxing – tracing your own footprints before the hackers can
Neena Kapur, New York Times
1615 – 1700
How can journalists, scholars & safety trainers collaborate?
Book launch, Profs Elisabeth Eide and Kristin Skare Orgeret (eds.)
Transnational Othering, Global Diversities. Media, Extremism and Free Expression
Dinner at Thon Hotel Europa
Friday 8th of November
0900 – 1000
1000 – 1030 break
1030 – 1130
1130 – 1145 break
1145 – 1245
1245 – 1330 LUNCH KK-Lounge
1330 – 1430
UNESCO report on safety
Guy Berger, Unesco
The New Frontline: Female Journalists at the Intersection of Converging Digital Age Threats
Julia Posetti, University of Oxford
1430 – 1445 Break
1445 – 1515
Journalists at risk
Presentation of European Centre for Press and Media Freedom
Stephanie Koch & Katrin Schatz
1530 – 1630
Survey and future research
1700 Dinner at Tulins Café
Safety for journalists, including digital safety, is a matter of public concern that is wide-ranging.
It is vital for those who practice journalism, for their families and for their sources. It is essential for the wellbeing of media institutions, civil society, academia and the private sector more broadly. If we value the free flow of information for citizens, their governments and their international organisations, then the safety of journalists is central (Getachew Engida, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO).
Muthoki Mumo. Muthoki Mumo joined the Committee to Protect Journalists as East Africa Correspondent in June 2017. She was named CPJ’s sub-Saharan Africa representative on August 1, 2018. She previously worked for six years as a journalist with the Nation Media Group, covering a variety of beats from East African Community integration and regional trade to technology and telecommunications for the Business Daily and Daily Nation. In 2017 she served as an alternate digital editor for the Business Daily. Mumo has a bachelor’s degree from the United States International University in Nairobi and a master’s degree jointly awarded by Aarhus University and the University of Hamburg.
Silvio Waisbord. Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is the author and editor of seventeen books, including more recently Communication: A Post-Discipline and A Communication Manifesto, both published by Polity Press. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Communication and the International Journal of Press/Politics. He has lectured and worked in more than 30 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. He is a Fellow of the International Communication Association.
Guy Berger. Guy Berger is UNESCO’s director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, based in Paris. He oversees programmes that promote press freedom and freedom of information, safety of journalists, media development, and media and information literacy. These activities cover media online and offline, and include UNESCO’s Internet Freedom Series and UNESCO’s indicator framework for assessing Internet Universality. He oversaw the production of UNESCO’s 2015 publication “Building digital safety for journalism” and the 2019 In-Focus edition of UNESCO’s report on World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development (provisionally titled “Expanded attacks, Stronger Responses – Assessing the Safety of Journalists (2014-2018)”. He is also author of several published articles on journalism safety.Berger previously headed the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa.
Olivia Martin. Digital Security Trainer at Freedom of the Press Foundation. A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, her professional work focuses on researching and delivering digital security trainings to journalists, activists, and human rights defenders. She has spent years in newsrooms as a designer and editor with new media and student publications, and uses this experience to aid in assessing the evolving needs of journalists in today’s media landscape.
Neena Kapur. Currently a senior information security analyst at The New York Times, where she researches and implements security solutions to combat modern threats targeting journalists and the media industry. Neena previously worked as a cyber threat intelligence analyst, where she researched cybercriminal activity. At the conference Kapur will do a workshop where she will share her team’s experience creating and running a doxxing education program at The New York Times. She’ll cover why doxxing is a threat to journalists, recommended tools and techniques for cleaning up your online footprint, and the process that the New York Times Information Security team went through to build this program within their newsroom.
Leandro Demori. Executive Editor The Intercept Brazil. Demori is also the author of La Cosa Nostra in Brazil: The Story of the Mafioso that Took Down the Empire (Companhia das Letras, 2016) and is a board member of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji). In the 2000s, he was an editor of the award-winning independent blog A Nova Corja (The New Scum), considered one of the “blogs of the decade” by O Estado de São Paulo newspaper.
MEKK-member Bjørn Westile’s new book is entitled “The Norwegian hate against the Jews” (Det norske jødehatet) and discusses the propaganda and Norwegian press during the German occupation of Norway during World War 2.
As much of Bjørn Westlie’s research also this book has an impact on the Norwegian public sphere. Aftenposten, one of the most widely circulated newspapers in Norway, was one of the 114 newspapers that continued publishing during the German occupation. In today’s editorial Aftenposten discusses Bjørn’s forthcoming book under the powerful title “When Aftenposten failed”.
The book will be launched in Oslo 14th of October at the Nasjonalbiblioteket. More information here
The 6th of september the MEKK-group, together with Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (SAIH) & The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), held a seminar to share, discuss and present different experiences on decolonization of higher education. Present at the seminar was the Network of Indigenous, Intercultural and Community Universities (RUIICAY) from Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Guatemala, and also Goretti Nasanga, Professor at the Journalism & Communication Department, Makerere University.
Both the RUIICAY network and Makerere University participate in the NORAD program NORHED (an abbreviation of the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development). This programme was launched by Norad in 2012. The overall goal for the RUICCAY network is to strengthen the autonomy of indigenous, afrodescendants and other vulnerable ethnic peoples for effectively exercising rights and promoting inclusive, equitable and intercultural development in Latin America. At the conference they presented, among other things, the CRISAC method (Cultivo y Crianza de Sabidurías y Conocimientos), a method developed by the indigenous universities.
Background for the conference
Four years ago, the protest movement #Rhodesmust fall, at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, revived the movement to decolonize higher education. The movement was not only about removing old statues that symbolized the suppressing legacies of the past, but most of all about working to undo colonizing practices and ensure better access, participation and attainment of different groups of students and lecturers.
The cry to decolonize higher education quickly spread to several other African countries as well as the rest of the world and inspired discussions on what decolonization involves and what the restrictions are. In his seminal article “Decolonizing the Universities: New Directions”, Achille Joseph Mbembe asks for instance what are the limits placed on the ‘decolonization’ project by the forces of neoliberalism.
The harder I tried to make sense of the idea of ‘decolonization’ that has become the rallying cry for those trying to undo the racist legacies of the past, the more I kept asking myself to what extent we might be fighting a complexly mutating entity with concepts inherited from an entirely different age and epoch. Is today’s Beast the same as yesterday’s or are we confronting an entirely different apparatus, an entirely different rationality – both of which require us to produce radically new concepts? (Mbembe, 2016).
Furthermore, as decolonization is also considered to be about conditioning a context that is “receptive to cultural affirmation reclamation, and self-determination” (DuBois, 2019), institutions of higher education are also considered to play an important role in decolonizing societies. Hierarchies of knowledges exist both among/between states and within borders among and between nations, peoples and groups.
When we discuss decolonising the academy, we are talking about power, and more specifically power hierarchies. So, we are discussing unevenly distributed power when it comes to defining knowledge, which inevitably leads to skewed knowledge, to incomplete knowledge” (Erdal 2018).
The Conference ‘Experiences of decolonization of higher education’ aims at offering an arena for continuing such discussions. Following Freire, the conference proposes dialogue and dialogic action to share and discuss practical experiences of decolonization of higher education.
Addressing Global Challenges to Journalism and Press Freedom
The International Summer School (24 June – 28 June 2019) at the Sheffield Hallam University aim to equip a new generation of media professionals with awareness of occupational safety. The programme is relevant to all future journalists, and especially those who plan to work in the global media industry in the future.
MEKK member Marte Høiby held a workshop at the International Summer School together with, among others, UNESCO director Guy Berger and UNESCO chair Jackie Harrison.
Høibys workshop was about the threats and dangers that journalists often experience in covering certain topics, especially investigative journalism. She focused on tools to assess the threats associated with various journalistic missions and methods of mapping own forces.
Here is a link to the Complete program
Pictures by Lada Price
Kristin Skare Orgeret has accepted the invitation from Saba Bebawi, Eddy Borges-Rey and Bruce Mustvairo to be part of a new book series Palgrave Studies in Journalism and the Global South as a board member.
Together with Bruce Mutsvairo and Massimo Ragnedda, MEKK member Kristin Skare Orgeret organized the IAMCR preconference Assessing Afrocentric Attributes of Digitalisation.
18 great presentations – very promising for the coming special issue of Information, Communication and Society. The preconference was held at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Era or Error of Transformation? Assessing Afrocentric Attributes of Digitalisation
While the continent of Africa has long been depicted as economically and socially underdeveloped compared with other parts of the world, the potential of its peoples, natural resources and nations has always been recognised. In recent years however, it is the transformative capacity of digital communications media, particularly mobile phones, for young urbanised populations that is seen as heralding sustainable socio-economic growth and political stability. To read more: https://iamcr.org/madrid2019/era-or-error-transformation
Call for abstracts – Research Group MEKK’s 5th annual conference on the Safety of Journalists – Digital Safety
Oslo November 6, 7 and 8th 2019
The conference will take place in Oslo on November 6, 7 and 8th 2019 in connection with UNESCO’s International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists at OsloMet University and The Freedom of Speech Foundation (Fritt Ord), Norway.
The conference is organized jointly with the The Fritt Ord Foundation and with support from The National Commission for UNESCO and Digital Journalism Research Group.
Safety for journalists, including digital safety, is a matter of public concern that is wide-ranging. It is vital for those who practice journalism, for their families and for their sources. It is essential for the wellbeing of media institutions, civil society, academia and the private sector more broadly. If we value the free flow of information for citizens, their governments and their international organisations, then the safety of journalists is central (Getachew Engida, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO).
Electronic communications of news media, critical bloggers, and other individuals or organizations disseminating information have become targets. The danger emanates from various sources ranging from State-based actors to third parties. There is digital surveillance that goes beyond international standards on privacy and freedom of expression. There is hacking of data and disruptive attacks on websites and computer systems. More extremely, some media actors are being killed for their online journalism. From 2011-2013, 37 of the 276 killings of journalists condemned by the UNESCO Director General were killings of journalists whose primary platforms were Internet-based. Many, if not most, of the other journalists who were killed also used digital tools in their daily work, which may have exposed them in various ways. (Jennifer R. Henrichsen et.al. Building digital safety for journalism: a survey of selected issues. 2015).
Journalists need to know more about the dangers of digital attacks such as hacking and surveillance, and should take steps to protect themselves, their sources, and their work. Journalism researchers and educators need to know more about how the dangers to digital safety work in relation to journalists’ security and freedom of expression in general.
The 2019 annual conference on the Safety of Journalists will focus on digital safety but also invite papers discussing other aspects related to the safety of journalists. We invite paper presentations discussing topics such as (but not limited to)[i]:
- Surveillance and mass surveillance
- Software and hardware exploits without the knowledge of the target
- Phishing, fake domain, Denial of Service and Man-in-the-Middle attacks
- Intimidation, harassment and forced exposure of online networks
- Disinformation and smear campaigns
- Confiscation of journalistic work product
- Data storage and mining
- Education and training
- Legal issues and policy making
- Culture and gender issues
- Working conditions and media production
- Source protection and the digital era
- Hate speech, defamation and libel
- Journalist roles and fixers
- NGOs and the safety of journalists
The conference will be organised as a mixture of key note speakers, working groups, panels and paper presentations.
Confirmed keynote speakers:
- Muthoki Mumo. Sub-Saharan Africa Representative. Committee to Protect Journalists. Formerly a journalist with the Nation Media Group and alternate digital editor for the Business Daily in Kenya.
- Silvio Waisbord. Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University. His most recent book is “Communication: A Post-Discipline” (Polity, 2019). He is past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Communication and the International Journal of Press/Politics.
- Guy Berger. UNESCO, Director of Media Freedom Division
- Olivia Martin. Digital Security Trainer at Freedom of the Press Foundation. A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, her professional work focuses on researching and delivering digital security trainings to journalists, activists, and human rights defenders.
- Neena Kapur. Currently a senior information security analyst at The New York Times, where she researches and implements security solutions to combat modern threats targeting journalists and the media industry. Neena previously worked as a cyber threat intelligence analyst, where she researched cybercriminal activity. At the conference Kapur will share her team’s experience creating and running a doxxing education program at The New York Times. She’ll cover why doxxing is a threat to journalists, recommended tools and techniques for cleaning up your online footprint, and the process that the New York Times Information Security team went through to build this program within their newsroom.
- Leandro Demori. Executive Editor The Intercept Brazil. Demori is also the author of La Cosa Nostra in Brazil: The Story of the Mafioso that Took Down the Empire (Companhia das Letras, 2016) and is a board member of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji). In the 2000s, he was an editor of the award-winning independent blog A Nova Corja (The New Scum), considered one of the “blogs of the decade” by O Estado de São Paulo newspaper.
If you want to participate with a paper, an abstract of maximum 500 words and a short bio focusing on possible earlier experience with research/practice in the field of safety of journalists/digital safety should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before August 15, 2019. Please include your full name, institutional affiliation, and email. There is no registration fee and the participants are expected to cover their own costs for travel and accommodation.
A limited number of scholarships to cover flight and/or accommodation is available for Ph.D. students and researchers from low-income countries. Applications for scholarships should be submitted with the abstract together with a short CV.
The best papers will be considered for a forthcoming peer reviewed publication.
[i] See Henrichsen, Jennifer R., Betz, Michelle, Lisosky, Joanne M. Building digital safety for journalism: a survey of selected issues. UNESCO 2015 for a more detailed list of digital challenges.