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Gave lecture on Peace Journalism in Cartagena

Professor Rune Ottosen with Colombian colleagues Mario Enrique Morales and Yennue Zarate Valderamma.

MEKK member Rune Ottosen joined the IAMCR conference in Cartagena, which took place the 17th till the 20th August. His lecture on “Teaching Peace Journalism: Propaganda or critical approach.” presented an overview of the traditions of Peace Journalism.

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A “Minga” takes place at the IAMCR conference in Cartagena

Photo by Joan Pedro-Carañana

A very untraditional event took place this summer at the IAMCR conference in Cartagena. Indigenous people came together to create their own declaration. Head of MEKK, Roy Krøvel joined as convenor and moderator of this unconventional seminar called “Minga of Thought -Communication and Indigenous Peoples”. 200 journalists, researchers and leaders from all over the world, in addition to ingenious groups from North and Latin-America were gathered to create the Minga.There were no call for papers, but rather a space for dialogue was created, where a declaration was written. The occasion was inspired from the indigenous word “Minga.”

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The importance of protecting journalism

ResearchPeople who exercise their right to freedom of expression through journalism are constant targets of violence and threats. In an era of globalization and digitization, no single party can carry the responsibility for protection of journalism ad freedom of expression alone. Instead, this responsibility must be assumed jointly by the state, the courts, media companies and journalist organizations, as well as by NGOs and civil society – on national as well as global levels.

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