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ARTICLE: Governments outperform journalists in surveillance

Journalists are supposed to balance government surveillance with their own, but the power balance is against them, Anthony Mills and Katharine Sarikakis, both of University of Vienna, write. The authors interviewed 42 journalists, 8 media experts and one whistleblower from around the world over their experiences and thoughts on state-sanctioned surveillance of journalists. The surveillance … Continued


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ARTICLE: Afghan journalists cornered by many restrictions

Afghan journalism is “captured”, or forced to work for non-journalistic interests, by a number of methods and actors, write Jeannine E. Relly and Margaret Zanger, both of University of Arizona. The authors base their conclusions on the interviews of 30 Afghan journalists in Kabul. Most notably, Afghan journalists face violence and threats thereof from nearly … Continued



ARTICLE: The why and how of resisting censorship

Feelings of unease and confrontational attitude towards state controlled media are linked to increased searching of alternative online information, write Golnoosh Behrouzian, Erik C. Nisbet and Aysenur Dal of Ohio State University with Ali Çarkoğlu, of Koç University. The authors surveyed over 3 000 Turks, both in face-to-face interviews and online. The respondents were asked … Continued


PROJECT: Surveillance and citizenship in the post-Snowden UK

In an era marked by digital surveillance, citizens self-regulate their behaviour in the internet. A Cardiff University’s research project examined impacts, challenges and opportunities of Edward Snowden’s revelations. The project had four key areas: journalism and news media; civil society and activism; policy reform; and technology. The findings highlight concerns about the state of surveillance … Continued


Press Freedom Index 2016 is published

Reporters Without Borders has published its annual Press Freedom Index. European countries score highest: Finland tops the index, Netherlands is second and Norway is third. Sweden instead is down from fifth to eighth place. The United States has gone from 49th to 41st place. The worst regions for the press and freedom of expression are The Middle … Continued


CFP: Freedom of speech in the wake of Paris attacks

A workshop titled “Freedom and Control of Expression in the Digital Aftermath of the 2015 Paris Attacks” is looking for paper proposals. The event will be held at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST) on the 13th and 14th of October 2016. The event is organized by The interdisciplinary workshop is interested in … Continued


Soft censorship on the rise in Hungary

Media in Hungary is suffering from more or less veiled censorship, recent reports state. Zoltan Sipos, writing on the Index on Censorship website, goes through the 15 violations reported to the Mapping Media Freedom project in late 2015. Similar findings were already present in a 2013 WAN-IFRA report on the country. According to Sipos Hungarian … Continued


ARTICLE: Press freedom in West Africa

In her new article Stephanie Newell explores the paradoxes in British approaches to the control of print media in colonial West Africa between the 1920s and 1940s. Independent newspaper production in the region had helped to shape critical readerships. But the rise of African nationalist journalism in the mid-1930s made British censorship and surveillance more acceptable than before … Continued