Full Programme


5th annual conference on the Safety of Journalists – Digital Safety

November 6th, 7th and 8th  2019

Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway


Organized by the Research group Media, War and Conflict (MEKK) & Fritt Ord

supported by UNESCO, the Journalism and Media International Center (JMIC)

and OsloMet Digital Journalism Research Group (DJRG)


No conference fee, please register here




Wednesday 6th of November

18:00 – 20:00

FRITT ORD, Uranienborgveien 2

Knut Olav Åmås, director FRITT ORD

Guy Berger, UNESCO


Panel discussion: Digital safety while reporting

Leandro Demori, The Intercept Brasil

Neena Kapur, New York Times

Osman Kibar, journalist Dagens Næringsliv

Heidi Taksdal Skjeseth, Moderator

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Thursday 7th of November

Athene 1 & 2, OsloMet, Pilestredet 46, Oslo


Registration, coffee & tea


0900 Welcome

Professors Roy Krøvel and Kristin Skare Orgeret, Research group MEKK

Music by Marte Wulff & Marte Vike Arnesen

0930 Official Conference Opening

Paul Chaffey, State Secretary

Curt Rice, Rector OsloMet


1000 – 1040 Key Note

Surveillance and digital harassment of journalists in Sub-Saharan Africa

Muthoki Mumo, Sub-Saharan Africa Representative. Committee to Protect Journalists


1040 – 1130 Key Note

Journalism and the risks of publicity and free speech

Silvio Waisbord, Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University.


1130 – 1145 Break


1145 – 1230


Results from Making Transparency Possible:  Digital Research & Safety concerns.

Daniela Quirós Lépiz, journalist Burkina Faso/Costa Rica

Craig McCune, journalist South Africa


1230 – 1330 Lunch


1330 – 1415

11 tips for protecting your privacy and digital security

Olivia Martin, Digital Security Trainer at Freedom of the Press Foundation.


1430 – 1500

#Vazajato: reporting on corruption in Brazil

Leandro Demori, Executive Editor The Intercept Brazil.


1515 – 1615

Workshop: Doxxing – tracing your own footprints before the hackers can

Neena Kapur, New York Times


1630 – 1715

Reflexions on how journalists, safety trainers & scholars can collaborate?

Monir Zaarour, IFJ

& short discussion



Book launch

Transnational Othering, Global Diversities. Media, Extremism and Free Expression

Profs Elisabeth Eide and Kristin Skare Orgeret (eds.)



Friday 8th of November

Third floor, Pilestredet 46, OsloMet

0900 – 1000

Paper sessions


1000 – 1015 break


1015 – 1130

Paper sessions


1130 – 1145 break


1145 – 1245

Paper sessions


1245 – 1330 LUNCH KK-Lounge


1330 – 1430

Athene 1 & 2, OsloMet, Pilestredet 46, Oslo

UNESCO report on safety

Guy Berger, Unesco

The New Frontline: Female Journalists at the Intersection of Converging Digital Age Threats

Julie Posetti, International Center for Journalists; University of Oxford; University of Sheffield


1430 – 1445 Break


1445 – 1515

Journalists at risk

Presentation of European Centre for Press and Media Freedom

Stephanie Koch & Katrin Schatz


1530 – 1630

Journalism under threat: Towards a systematic investigation of journalists’ perceptions of risk in 110 countries

Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova, University of Liverpool, UK

Thomas Hanitzsch, LMU Munich, Germany



1630 – 1700

Oscar Westlund

Professor, Oslo Metropolitan University

Research leader for the Digital Journalism Research Group

Editor-in-Chief, Digital Journalism