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