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New book out: Journalist Safety & Self-Censorship

Journalists Safety and self-censorship explores the safety of journalists and self-censorship practices around the world, including local case studies and regional and international perspectives.

Bringing together scholars and practitioners from around the globe, Journalist Safety and Self-Censorship provides new and updated insights into patterns of self-censorship and free speech, focusing on a variety of factors that affect these issues, including surveillance, legislation, threats, violent conflict, gender-related stereotypes, digitisation and social media. The contributions examine topics such as trauma, risk and self-censorship among journalists in different regions of the world, including contributions exploring issues of self-censorship in Central America, Estonia, Turkey, Uganda and Pakistan. The book also provides conceptual clarity to the notion of journalist self-censorship, and explores the question of how self-censorship may be studied empirically.

Combining both theoretical and practical knowledge, this collection serves as a much-needed resource for any academic, student of journalism, practicing journalist, or NGO working on issues of journalism, safety, free speech and censorship.

This book comes out of the 4th Annual Conference on the Safety of Journalists in 2018 where “The chilling effect” was discussed by scholars and journalists from around the world. In the Call for Papers for the 2018 conference we asked: 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?

In the book Journalist Safety & Self-Censorship you can read contributions from José Luis Benítez Journalism and self-censorship in the insecure democracies of Central America, Sadia Jamil Red lines of journalism: Digital surveillance, safety risks and journalists’ self-censorship in Pakistan, Nhamo Anthony Mhiripiri Chilling or cosy effects? Zimbabwean journalists’ experiences and the struggle for definition of self-censorship, Aytekin Kaan Kurtul Lèse-majesté and journalism in Turkey and Europe, Olunifesi Adekunle Suraj Online surveillance and the repressive Press Council Bill: A two-pronged approach to media self-censorship in Nigeria, Marte Høiby The “tripple” effect silencing female journalists online: A theoretical exploration, Signe Ivask A way to silence journalists? Estonian female journalists’ experiences with harassment and self-censorship, Aisha SembatyaNakiwala Perceptions of risks and the negotiation of safety among Ugandan female journalists covering political demonstrations, Michelle Betz & Paul Beighley Fear, trauma and local journalists: Implications for media development and peacebuilding, Florence Namasinga Selnes Safety and self-censorship: Examining the linkage to social media use among Ugandan journalists, Gerald Walulya Defending the watchdog: How local NGOs build journalists’ resilience by combating threats to their safety and security & Ingrid Fadnes, Roy Krøvel & Anna Grøndahl Larsen (Ed) Introduction: Safety for journalists and self-censorship & Conclusion: Researching self-censorship caused by inadequate safety of journalists. Causes, solutions and future research

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from Ingrid Fadnes, Roy Krøvel & Anna Grøndahl Larsen


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