Upcoming conference: Safety of Journalists Covering Conflict and Sensitive Issues

More than 80 speakers from 30 countries will participate at this two day long conference in Oslo that will take place at Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo Norway, the 2nd and 3rd of November 2017.

See full programme. 

Read about the participants that will join.


Eide asks for a more humanitarian refugee policy

MEKK-member and professor Elisabeth Eide published a commentary about the lack of humanitiarianism in Norwegian refugee policy. The chronic was published in Bergens Tidende as a response to refugee Leila Bayat, who despite of pleading for asylum, was deported by the Norwegian government to Iran, where she received a penalty of 80 lashes by the Iranian government for a minor crime.


Special edition of “Journalism Education” -an accomplishment originating from last year´s MEKK-conference

Seven participants from last year´s MEKK conference contributed with papers to the special edition of Journalism Education.

We are grateful for professor Roy Krøvel hard work as guest editor of the current special edition of Journalism Education, with the topic: Learning safety education from journalism educations in the global south. The journal published refereed papers given at last year´s MEKK conference on Best practice in teaching conflict, war and peace journalism  at Oslo and Akershus University College.


Orgeret and Krøvel on coverage of distant disasters and conflicts

On the 11th of October, heads of MEKK, Kristin Skare Orgeret and Roy Krøvel will speak at the the fifth Humanitarian Studies Colloquium, a colloquium, hosted by Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA).

Kristin Skare Orgeret will speak on “Media coverage of distant disasters: what sparks engagement and action?” Where as Roy Krøvel will speak on  “Norwegian journalism on peace and war in Latin America.”


MEKK-conference receives 100 000 NOK from “Free Speech” (Fritt Ord)

We are proud and happy to inform that MEKK has received 100 000 crones from the organization Free Speech to our conference Safety of Journalists Covering Conflict and Sensitive Issues. This means that we will be able to support a larger amount of participants from countries with restricted economical resources. (more…)

Norway is again selling weapons to the United Arab Emirates

-Why doesn´t the media care?

Professor and MEKK member, Rune Ottosen made an attempt to answer this question on NRK radio. Why has the controversial fact that Norway is selling weapons to a nation that is involved in war, gone unnoticed by Norwegian media? According to Ottosen, this is also an important question to be asked in the Norwegian election campaigns, which generally have ignored international issues. Ottosen compared the negligence to the Norwegian government´s relationship towards Chinese human rights violations. When there is large amount of money involved, Norway is willing to look aside regarding moral questions. Hear the whole answer at radio.nrk.

Gave lecture on Peace Journalism in Cartagena

Professor Rune Ottosen with Colombian colleagues Mario Enrique Morales and Yennue Zarate Valderamma.

MEKK member Rune Ottosen joined the IAMCR conference in Cartagena, which took place the 17th till the 20th August. His lecture on “Teaching Peace Journalism: Propaganda or critical approach.” presented an overview of the traditions of Peace Journalism.


A “Minga” takes place at the IAMCR conference in Cartagena

Photo by Joan Pedro-Carañana

A very untraditional event took place this summer at the IAMCR conference in Cartagena. Indigenous people came together to create their own declaration. Head of MEKK, Roy Krøvel joined as convenor and moderator of this unconventional seminar called “Minga of Thought -Communication and Indigenous Peoples”. 200 journalists, researchers and leaders from all over the world, in addition to ingenious groups from North and Latin-America were gathered to create the Minga.There were no call for papers, but rather a space for dialogue was created, where a declaration was written. The occasion was inspired from the indigenous word “Minga.”


Media scholars facing global challenges -advocators or outsiders?

Photo: Riitta Yrjönen

The following title was also the topic of the panel debate, in which head of MEKK, Kristin Skare Orgeret, participated at the NordMedia conference of 2017. Member Anders Graver Knudsen also participated with a talk on lived experiences and conceptualisation of journalism among freelance journalists: “Walking a tightrope – Boundaries of journalism and precarious freelance journalists.” The conference took place at the University of Tampere, Finland, the 17th to the 19th of August.  (more…)

Workshop for female journalist from West and East Africa

18 journalist from East and West Africa participated in the workshop that took place over five days in Dakar, Senegal.

Professor and head of MEKK, Kristin Skare Orgeret participated in the International Federation for Journalists’ (IFJ)s Training of Trainers in Dakar, Senegal in the beginning of July. 18 female journalists from West and East Africa took part in the course which focused on Equality and Security for female journalists:  Orgeret is involved developing a similar training programme in French for the region.