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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 was 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.



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

Call for papers: Making Transparency Possible

Convenor: Roy Krøvel
One of the speakers: Tina Søreide











Call for papers: Making Transparency Possible – Interdisciplinary Dialogues, Research Conference, at Oslo and Akershus, University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), Norway, the 15th and 16th of February, 2018 

The research project “Making Transparency Possible – Interdisciplinary dialogues” invites paper proposals from all relevant disciplines on cross border journalism on global illicit financial flows and tax havens.

A maximum of 15 papers will be selected to participate. The best papers will be chosen for publication after the conference. Please send abstracts of app. 500 words to: conference@pwyp.no Deadline for submitting abstract: January 20, 2018. Selected participants will be notified before February 1.
No conference fee. Participants are expected to cover travel and stay during the conference.


Invitation to join network on journalists safety

In the aftermath of the Safety of Journalists conference in Oslo, Jackie Harrison and Sara Torsner from the Centre for Freedom of the Media welcome those who contributed with papers and expertise at the conference to join the Journalist Safety Research Network, by filling out their Google form, as well as join their Facebook group ‘Journalists’ Safety Research Network.


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