Norway ahead

Norway on the top of the press freedom ranking this year. Antoine Bernard presented the report.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) unveiled their Press Freedom Index in Oslo Wednesday.

Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands topped the ranking of 180 countries – at the bottom were North Korea, Eritrea and Turkmenistan.  Read More

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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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.

Doing the Rig on Press Freedom with Palestinian journalism students

Teachers and students with their certificate at the last day of the Rig on press freedom. Foto: Private

Practical, journalistic work investigating the conditions of press freedom in eight countries. This was the content of the Rig on press freedom at An-Najah National University in Nablus, The West Bank, Palestine. The Rig is a learning tool by which students are trained in working practically with journalistic methods learning about the conditions on press freedom. During five intensive days, 64 students worked with journalistic articles about the conditions for press freedom in Marocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Norway.

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Social media discussions in North Africa

Participants after the opening of the international workshop 28th – 29th of November (Souhir Chaabani, CAWTAR journalist)

Journalists and researchers from Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia and Norway met in Tunisia 28th – 29th of November to discuss “Social Networks and Freedom: Challenges of the Maghreb”.

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ICORN resident writers – are also journalists

Last week, writers from all over Norway gathered in Oslo. They share being persecuted in their own countries, and have found a safe place in one of Norway’s cities of refuge, through ICORN. Some of them are journalists, too, and JMIC had a small workshop with ten writers-journalists discussing experiences, job opportunities and journalism in Norway.

Conference opened on the International Day to end Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

The Conference “Safety of journalists covering conflict & sensitive issues” opened 2. November with participants from 32 countries. Initially, the Secretary of state Tone Skogen from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that journalists were key agents of democracy and freedom and praised the partnership with HiOA. Furthermore, she emphasized the need to combat systemic impunity when it comes to assaults against journalists. She was joined by representatives from UNESCO (Rachel Pollack), Free Expression Foundation (Knut Olav Åmås), the Norwegian Union of Journalists (Eva Stabell) and Benedicte Giæver from NORCAP.

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Teaching “access to information” in Nairobi

Henry Maina in Article 19 during the workshop on access to information as a journalistic tool in  Nairobi

Norwegian investigative journalist Tarjei Leer-Salvesen at the workshop on access to information as a journalistic tool in NairobiTogether with Article 19 Eastern Africa, JMIC has organized a workshop on access to information as a journalistic tool in Nairobi for 30 investigative journalists from the region.

The workshop is a follow-up of a similar workshop last year, by the Norwegian investigative journalist Tarjei Leer-Salvesen. This time also his colleague Maren Sæbø has joined.

Similar workshops are planned in North Africa and South Asia later this year together with the local Article 19 offices – with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Access to information is part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (16.10). It is also one of the main pillars of the Norwegian strategy for freedom of expression and independent media in foreign and development policy.

JMIC received a two-year grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs this summer to “help strengthen the democratic public through collaboration with good institutions in the global South which educate journalists.” The grant provides opportunities to continue the longstanding cooperation with partners in the south worldwide.