Asia launch of media report

Muhammad Zakria Zakar, Vice Chancellor at the University of the Punjab during his speech.

Vice Chancellor at the University of the Punjab, Muhammad Zakria Zakar, spoke at the International Conference on “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: A Pakistani Perspective on UNESCO Report” in Lahore 27 February.

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Researching Media in Africa

Helge Rønning, Bruce Mutsvairo, Kristin Skare Orgeret and Hilde Arntsen (to the right) (Photo: Erik A Eileng)

Bruce Mutsvairo, editor of the Palgrave Handbook of Media and Communication Research in Africa, opened the ‘Researching Media in Africa’ seminar at Oslo Metropolitan University the 22 February.


Vice rector Morten Irgens and Research Director Kristin Sverdrup wished welcome to the seminar, which marked the start of the OsloMet Africa Network.


Phd candidate Gerald Walulya from Makerere University and JMIC’s Kristin Skare Orgeret presented research during the seminar.


The Palgrave Handbook was launched in the afternoon in cooperation with the Norwegian Council for Africa.



Tunisia: Safety for journalists in hostile environment

Tunisian journalist students took part in a three day training in safety (Photo: Hanene Zbiss)

Journalists and students from Institut de Presse et Sciences de l’Information (IPSI) in Tunis attended a training 13 – 15 February on “Safety for journalists in hostile environment”.

The training was animated by Abeer Saady, the main trainer, Marte Høiby, doctoral researcher and trainer in journalist safety and Amine Ben Massoud, doctoral researcher in media and communication sciences, and trainer in investigative journalism and field journalism.

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Global media report in Arabic

Representative of the Prime Minister of Palestine, Minister of Justice Dr. Ali Abu Diak during his opening speech (Photo: Rua´a Makhlouf)

The Arabic version of UNESCOs World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development Global Report (2017/2018) has been launched at An-Najah National University in Nablus in Palestine.   

The launch was a cooperation between UNESCO, the university and JMIC – which has also supported the Arabic translation. 

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Lecturing in Oxford

Elisabeth Eide

JMICs director, Elisabeth Eide, lectured at a Conference organized by The Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe on January 25th (2018). The full-week Conference title was “Freedom of Speech, Media and Society”. Eide’s lecture: “Transnational Navigation: Modern Citizenship, Journalism and New Media Challenges”, was followed by a lively Q&A-session.