ARTICLE: Egypt’s media missed its opportunity to reform

Egyptian media enjoyed a brief period of relative freedom after the 2011 revolution that ousted then-president Hosni Mubarak. However, journalists failed to reform their professional identities and the media system, which lead to the media’s descent into highly polarized political parallelism – and eventual regression back into the new regime’s servitude. Fatima el Issawi, of … Continued


ARTICLE: How activist citizen journalists fight state surveillance in Turkey

Since the failed coup in 2016, the Turkish state has increased surveillance of activists and journalists. How do activist citizen journalists manage their work in such an increasingly hostile environment? Bora Ataman and Barış Çoban, both of Doğuş University, interviewed 22 activist citizen journalists and representatives of alternative new media initiatives, all working in Istanbul, … Continued


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ARTICLE: Alternative narratives of journalism in crisis from Singapore and Hong Kong

Much research on the crisis of journalism has been done in the Anglo-American context. Less is known about alternative media systems. Shangyuan Wu of Nanyang Technological University, examined Singapore and Hong Kong. These ‘global cities’ are exposed to Western liberal ideals but are still under a sort of authoritarian control. The research used a framework … Continued



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REPORT: Fighting impunity is crucial for journalists’ future safety

Making sure attacks against journalists do not go unpunished is “key to long term safety”, a recent report states. The report was published by the NGO International Media Support (IMS), and it details the state of journalists’ protection in seven countries: the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Iraq, Nepal, Colombia and Afghanistan. Collaborative efforts between journalists, civil … Continued


ARTICLE: Critical journalism is in deep trouble in China

As soon as Xi Jinping came to power as president of China in 2012, the control over freedom of expression and media was immediately tightened, writes Jingrong Tong, of Brunel University London. For example, all websites, blogs etc. had to apply for and obtain government permission before they could disseminate news information. The study analyses how … Continued


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ARTICLE: Hong Kong’s news media increasingly connected to mainland China

Media capture in Hong Kong has distinctive characteristics. There is the uncensored media sector and open market economy, but the relatively small size of the region and proximity to the authoritarian markets and politics of China put pressures on the press, new research finds. The article by Nicholas Frisch of Yale University, Valerie Belair-Gagnon and … Continued



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ARTICLE: How do Chinese journalists navigate censorship?

The professional freedom of Chinese journalists is constrained by the state apparatus, but not entirely quenched by it. What tactics do the journalists use in order to gain access to, and publish sensitive information? Xianwen Kuang, of Liverpool University, engaged in three months of participant observation at a Chinese newsroom and interviewed six journalists working … Continued


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CFP | 22.6. | How to end threats and violence against journalists?

A conference on the safety of journalists covering conflict and sensitive issues is calling for paper proposals. The event will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2017 in Oslo, Norway. Best papers will be considered for a peer-reviewed publication, the organisers have announced. The event is interested in both practitioners’ and scholars’ … Continued