The conference will take place in Oslo on the 5th and 6th of November 2018 in connection with UNESCO’s International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists at Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway.
Most abuses against media professionals remain uninvestigated and unpunished. This impunity perpetuates the cycle of violence against journalists, media workers and citizen journalists. The resulting self-censorship deprives society of information and further impacts press freedom. (UNESCO, Safety of Journalists and Impunity)
Self-censorship among journalists has taken a new turn over the last couple of years.. The Council of Europe report of January 2016 warns against the danger that the fight against terrorism and extremism can lead to disproportionate strict measures at the expense of democratic freedom in order to maintain state security. The International Commission for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) expresses their concern as follows:
Little by little, drop by drop, the media integrate these concerns into their news routines and some even anticipate or go beyond security service orders or recommendations. Though they may reject any notion of self-censorship, “caution” has become the byword of “ethical” or “responsible” journalism.
The press not only encounters threats and pressure from potential terrorists or extreme voices, even liberal forces expect the media to behave properly in times of increased conflict. The old depiction of the media as ‘the terrorist’s oxygen’ may seem to have gained new relevance in recent years’ war on terror.
We need to know more about self-censorship and how it works in relation to journalists’ security and freedom of expression in general. How can you talk about self-censorship? How can you know that self-censorship exists? What can make journalists better equipped to secure themselves without having to tie themselves up and jeopardize freedom of speech? What role do state authorities or journalist associations play here?
Key note speakers will be
- Nhamo A. Mhiripiri, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe
- Marilyn Clark, University of Malta
- Marta Milena Barrios Correa, Universidad del Norte, Colombia
- Guy Berger, UNESCO (tbc)
If you want to participate with a paper, an abstract of maximum 250 words should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before August 15, 2018. Please include your full name, institutional affiliation, and email. There is no registration fee. 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.
Head of MEKK, professor Roy Krøvel will discuss the escalating situation in Nicaragua in a panel with other experts on Nicaragua; Mariel Aguilar-Støen, Elin Cecilie Ranum and faciliator Benecticte Bull firstcoming Friday, June the 8th, from 6 to 7:30 PM, room: Laboratoriet, 3rd. floor, Youngs gate 6, Oslo. The event is initiated by Norwegian Latin America Research Network (NorLARNet). The seminar is open for everybody.
For more than a month now, Nicaragua has been facing demonstration against corruption, cutbacks and against the concentration of power in the hands of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo -the presidential couple. The situation has escalated in brutality, and over a hundred people have so far been killed.
What might be the reasons for the situation in Nicaragua? Who are the protesters, and why do security forces react so violently? Are Ortega’s days as a president, over? How can the crisis be resolved, and how should the international community respond? In this evening seminar, one of the participants from the The Inter–American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) visitation in May, will give an introduction before we have a conversation between three experts with different backgrounds from work in Nicaragua.
Read the whole report from the The Inter–American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) vistiation in Nicaragua.
Despite the 2016 peace accord with the FARC, once Latin America’s largest guerrilla group, there are still violent clashes. As late as last week (28 May), Colombian troops killed 11 dissidents of the disbanded FARC guerrilla group.
Roy Krøvel’s article from November last year is still highly relevant. Read it here (sorry – in Norwegian!)
Photo: Mona Thowsen
We are happy to announce that we have received 200 000 NOK from UNESCO, towards arranging a new conference on the topic of security for journalists. This year the focus will be on self-sensorship due to threaths and violence against journalists. More information, and call for papers will be shortly due.
Journalism as resistance and source of power was the starting point for a conversation between historians and journalist Hans Fredrik Dahl and MEKK-member, journalist and historian Bjørn Westlie, when they met to discuss the Norwegian press during the Second World War, yesterday at the National Library.
In the afternoon of Tuesday, April 9, 1940, less than a few hours after the attack on Norway, the occupation power called for a press conference where they presented a new protocol of conduct for Norwegian newspapers. It was later followed up by censorship and control. The vast majority of editors and journalists adapted to the new regime. At the same time, an illegal press grew forth, and people listened on their hidden radios to the “voice from London”.
In a recent article in Klassekampen, Professor Emeritus, Rune Ottosen questions why the media takes such an uncritical stance towards Norway´s participation in the war in Syria, especially with regards to violation of International Law. Ottosen draws parallels to the war in Afghanistan, where Norway also participated; lives were lost, and millions of dollars spent, yet to little avail.
Read the whole article in Klassekampen.
Marte Høiby joins the IAWRT Board as a deputy member as Kristin Skare Orgeret steps off the Board after two years. Heidi Røsok Dahl continues as a board member. MEKK collaborates with IAWRT on issues of safety of journalists, women in the media and freedom of speech.
Live from Professor Rune Ottosen in Kampala:
“The last few days I had the pleasure of teaching master students at Makerere University in Kampala on my favourite subject War and Peace journalism. The students are well informed and interested in the subject. We have interesting discussion. They are engaged and ask me provocative questions. More than my Norwegian students I must say. But I love it. This is real communication. In the last lecture I had problems hearing my own voice because there is campaign for students elections outside the window. Hundreds of students are rallying for their candidates in democratic elections. Loudspeakers are dominating the campus and I have to raise my voice. Even if I am a bit disturbed I am happy. What engagement – what enthusiasm.
Returning to my hotel room I watch CNN. Trump has fired his Secretary of state on Twitter. The Norwegian news media are preoccupied with our minister of law who has published a provocative statement on Facebook hoping this will help her anti-immigrant agenda. I ask myself if the hope of our future is just here. I hope the students of Makerere represent our common future.”
Bruce Mutsvairo, editor of the Palgrave Handbook of Media and Communication Research in Africa, opened the ‘Researching 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 Kristin Skare Orgeret presented research during the seminar. The Palgrave Handbook was launched in the afternoon in cooperation with the Norwegian Council for Africa. More about the handbook here.