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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.


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.


“Tourist in Utopia”-welcome to book-launch the 22end of August!


How could thousands of revolutionary Norwegians support and admire Enver Hoxha´s regime -a brutal dicatorship where political opponents were imprisoned and executed?


Was the threat of terror in 2014 exaggerated?

From the left: Rune Ottosen, Walid al-Saqaf and Stig A. Nohrstedt at the conference: “Journalism in a world of terrorism,” May, 2017, Kalmar, Sweden.

In the summer of 2014, police chief executive in Norway, Odd Reidar Humlegård, held a press conference where he announced that Norway was under a specific threat from terrorist. Armed police were seen patrolling the streets, and Norwegian border control was strengthened. A week later, the terrorist threat was called off. Nothing had taken place. Was the terror alert without a cause? asks Rune Ottosen, member of MEKK, and professor in journalism.


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.