MEKK-conference receives funding from UNESCO

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.

An important read on World Press Freedom Day

Marte Høiby, member Visit Marte Høiby at HIOA´s staff page
Marte Høiby, MEKK-member, journalist safety trainer and PhD fellow at the Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Saumava Mitra, post-doctoral fellow in media, peace and conflict studies at the United Nations mandated University for Peace.
“The death of these Afghan journalists covering a suicide attack underlines the fact that we need to discard the outdated idea of heroic “foreign” correspondents reporting about distant wars. News from conflict zones – even for international news organizations – is increasingly produced by local journalists, ” writes Saumava Mitra and MEKK-member Marte Høiby in an article published by The Globe and Mail Today on the World Press Freedom Day. Read the whole article below.


Norwegian Press during Second World War

Photo: NTB Scanpix

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”.


Critic of Norwegian Media´s coverage of Syria

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.

MEKK and International Association of Women in Radio and TV (IAWRT)

Marte Høiby (to the right)

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.

MEKK’s Prof. Rune Ottosen in Kampala

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.”

Book launch at “Researching Africa” seminar


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. 



How can Tunisian journalists safely cover demonstrations?

This was just one of the safety issues that was discussed in the three day security course: Safety for journalists in hostile environments, that took place in Tunisia last week. Such coverage is still highly relevant to the context in which Tunisian journalists find themselves in, as demonstrations continue to take place seven years after the Tunisian revolution.

The training was a cooperation between OsloMet’s JMIC, Tunisian IPSI and Article 19. Trainers on the course were former war-correspondent Abeer Saady from Egypt, MEKK member and doctoral researcher Marte Høiby from Norway and professor Amine Ben Massoud from Tunisia.

Local and regional examples were discussed throughout the three days of training.The participants learned about identifying risks and risk management while working in hostile environments. They also focused on the best practices in field and the ethical challenges and dilemmas relevant to safety. Students were introduced to practical exercises with role plays and selected cases.

Furthermore, the training dealt with psychosocial safety and trauma, working undercover and challenges of dealing with violence and armed Jihadi groups.



Media Dialogues – Editorial Meeting in Beirut

Quatrina Hosain (Pakistan), Nil Mutluer (Turkey/ Germany), Elisabeth Eide and Kristin Skare Orgeret (both Norway, JMIC and MEKK) met in Beirut from January 18 to 21, to discuss the forthcoming anthology Media Dialogues: Transnational Journalistic Enounters. The anthology contains contributions from scholars and journalists in the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Norway, Pakistan, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.

Invitation to join “Journalism and Media Center (JMIC)”

Head, Elisabeth Eide
Co-ordinator, Oona Solberg

JMIC aspires to connect journalists and academics within specific countries and between countries, especially in the global South, through exchange programs, educational courses, conferences and publications.

Head of JMIC, and also member of MEKK, Elisabeth Eide, and co-ordinator at the center, Oona Solberg, encourage both journalists and academics to be a part of the international network. Get the latest news by subscribing to JMIC´s blog.

The center provides free resources such as publications and innovative transnational teaching methods. JMIC contributes towards exchanging educational material and research literature between partners. If you want to share your latest research or have other relevant contributions -send an e-mail to Eide or Solberg! Check out the free resource site here: Collaborative Journalism