Social media discussions in North Africa


Professor Sadok Hammami, IPSI, Manouba University and Assistant Professor Bente Kalsnes frm JMIC/HiOA spoke on fake news under the title “Social networks, extremism and freedoms.”


Journalists and researchers from Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia and Norway met in Tunisia 28th – 29th of November to discuss “Social Networks and Freedom: Challenges of the Maghreb”. The international workshop was a cooperation between Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR) and JMIC.

MEKK-member and leader of JMIC, Elisabeth Eide opened the workshop along with Atidel Mejbri from CAWTAR and Karoline Kjeldsen from The Norwegian Embassy in Algeria.


Security training for journalists in Uganda

MEKK-member Marte Høiby has together with war correspondent and safety trainer Abeer Saady conducted a training in safety for journalists and students at Makerere University in Uganda.

The focus of the two day training was on risk management, conflict reporting, situation awareness, topical issues in the region and ethical issues – with many examples and exercises.


Challenges for investigative journalism in Nepal

Professor Kristin Skare Orgeret has just recently returned from a week in Katmandu, where she has connected with CMJC (College of Journalism and Communication), whom she workes together with on topics related especially to war, peace and conflict. The cooperation is a part of a larger Norhed-project, funded by NORAD, in which Orgeret is the Norwegian coordinator. She reports that a new law in Nepal makes it difficult to conduct investigative journalism in Nepal. Read the whole interview in Jorunalisten: Utfordringer for gravejournalistikken i Nepal

MEKK-members attend “Social Justice: Women in the Media on Conflict and Crisis.”

Kristin Skare Orgeret at IAWRT´s conference, that took place the 9th till the 11th of November.

The conference for the International Association for Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) took place in the Philippines this year. The organizers´ intention was to initiate dialogue between local organizations and movements which are women-led or involve substantial female participation, and women in media from all over the world. Three MEKK-members, Heidi Røsok-Dahl, Marte Høiby and Kristin Skare Orgeret participated at the conference. Høiby presented research findings, where as Orgeret led a session on the organization´s future


How the Russian Revolution played a role in the Norwegian press

Head of MEKK, Roy Krøvel has played a major part in the latest edition of “Mediehistorisk Tidsskrift” (The Journal of Media History) as guest editor. Professor and member of MEKK, Rune Ottosen has also contributed with an article to the journal.

In February, the Norwegian Mediahistorical Union inititated the seminar: “100 years since the Russian Revolution. What significance did it have for the Norwegian Press?” Several topics from this session have now been further elaborated.


“A disruptive and disturbing conference”

This is what Ramon Tuazon asked for at the conference Safety of Journalists Covering Conflict & Sensitive Issues. This is what he got:













Collaboration with The Latin American Group on seminars

Professor and head of MEKK, Roy Krøvel has collaborated with The Latin American Group (Latin-Amerika gruppen) on a series of seminars about Latin America that will take place at Arbeidersamfunnets plass this fall, and next Spring. The occasion for the seminars, is the group´s 40th anniversity. The seminars will concentrate on Chila, Nicaragua, Chiapas, Brazil, Guatemala and Colombia. Through presentations and conversation, there will be discussions about the group´s past, with the intention to lay a foundation for the future.
An overview of the seminars that will take place:
16. November: Nicaragua: Revolusjon og oppgjør
7. December: Chiapas: Selvstyre i motvind
25. January: Brasil: Jorda er for alle
15. February: Guatemala: Håp og tyranni
15. March: Colombia: Fred for fremtida

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.


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.


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.