Time Magazine’s Person of the Year is “The Guardians,” a group of journalists who have been targeted for their work in “the pursuit for greater truths”. One of them is photographer Shahidul Alam, our colleague to whom we dedicated this year’s MEKK Safety for Journalists conference in Oslo, 5th of November. Shahidul was beaten, detained by state authorities and jailed for more than 100 days for making “false” statements after criticizing Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina in an interview about student protests in Dhaka earlier this year. After being released in the end of November, Shahidul continues his pursuit for freedom of expression and civil rights. A worthy Person of the Year indeed!
“The world over, journalism is under threat. Whether you are a teacher, a dancer, a painter or a journalist, each one of us needs to be constantly fighting.” (Time, 11 December 2018).
Picture: Moises Saman, Magnum for Time.
MEKK-member, Anna M. Grøndahl Larsen successfully defended her thesis: Reporting extremism and the threat of terrorism in the digital age: News journalism and the boundaries of inclusion and representation, on Friday the 16th of November.
Anna based her dissertation on in-depth interviews with editors and journalists in Norway and analyses of news texts published in Norwegian newspapers throughout a two-year period, supplemented with textual analyses of metadebate in news content and online comments sections regarding journalistic practices in reporting extremism.
A diverse and engaged audience participated at the 10th conference of the Nordic Latin American Research Network, the 25th and 26th of October at MET University in Oslo.
Some of the questions that were raised and discussed at the conference were: How are social movements and cultural expressions reacting to and interpreting the current realities in Latin America? Are there any signs of new movements and trends emerging? How does a new generation of writers, filmmakers and other artists depict the current state of art in Latin America?
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.
- Read the full programme.
- Read who will speak, and contribute papers at the conference.
- Overview of participants.
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)
Kristin Skare Orgeret is chief trainer of a five days intensive Training of Trainers course in Safety and Gender Equality for journalists in Tunis, Tunisia organized by IFJ and NJ. The course was in French and Arabic with enthusiastic participants from Algeria, Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.
MEKK member Bjørn Westile will defend his PhD thesis at the Department of Archeology, Conservation and History on Friday. The topic of his thesis is Norges Statsbaner (Norwegian State Railways) and the prisoners of war during World War II.
The defense will take place on Friday 28. September 2018 at 12:30 in, Gamle festsal, Domus Academica, Oslo.
The trial lecture will be given in Norwegian at the same place at 10:15. Welcome!
Photo: Sonja Balci, OsloMet
Why have Norwegian media shown so little interest in the principal aspects of the Norwegian military presence in Syria? MEKK member Prof. Rune Ottosen and student Ida Bing ask the question in today’s Norwegian daily Dagsavisen, where they criticize Norwegian media for not asking more critical questions about why we lack knowledge of what the Norwegian forces have been involved in, and not least : whether this is a violation of international law.
Read the full article in Norwegian here
Our Norhed candidate Samiksha Koirala defends her doctoral dissertation for the degree of PhD on Friday 17th of August at the University of Oslo. The title of her thesis is Gender Representations in the Nepali Press during Pre-Conflict, Conflict and Post-Conflict Periods : Examining gender coverage in Nepali newspapers of 1994-2014
The examining committee is Professor Gitiara Nasreen, University of Dhaka, Professor Thomas Tufte, University of Leicester and Professor Gunn Enli, University of Oslo.
Supervisors are Professor Kristin Skare Orgeret and Professor Helge Rønning.
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.