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ARTICLE: Reconstructing Rwanda through journalism

Since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the country’s media landscape has changed dramatically. Karen McIntyre, of Virginia Commonwealth University and Meghan Sobel, of Regis University used qualitative interviews to figure out how Rwandan journalists view their roles today and whether they have contributed to the reconstruction and recovery of the country by practicing constructive journalism. Constructive … Continued

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ARTICLE: Being a liberal journalist in contemporary Russia

It is problematic to apply Western-centric media system theories to contemporary neo-authoritarian Russia, in light of mechanisms used by the state to control the media and the country’s overall development, a new study finds. Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova, of the University of Chester, studied the conditions of liberal journalists in the country. The author conducted a semi-ethnographic … Continued

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REPORT: So far 2016 has been the worst year for European journalism on this millenium

Journalists in Europe have been attacked over a thousand times since the beginning of the year 2000, a recent study found. A University of Vienna research team, led by Katharine Sarikakis, tallied the attacks until the end of 2016. According to the authors, last year has so far been the darkest for European journalists. In … Continued

REPORT: Far-right and populist threat to journalism is growing

Growing support for far-right and populist politicians presents a threat to journalism across Europe, writes Katharine Sarikakis, of University of Vienna. The study examines the state of journalism and press freedom within the context of the rise of far-right political parties in 12 European countries in the past five years . Impunity is commonplace when it … Continued

ARTICLE: Crisis in the relationship between Finnish media and politicians

On Friday November 25, 2016, the Finnish public broadcaster YLE published an online story that made Prime Minister Juha Sipilä lose his temper. YLE management reacts by scaling down coverage. As a consequence, journalists resign and accuse editorial leaders of limiting freedom of speech. In addition, in 2017 Finland lost its first place on Reporters without … Continued

REPORT: Legal source protection frameworks are under significant strain

UNESCO has released a study of changes that impact on legal frameworks that support protection of journalistic sources in the digital age. The author of the study is Julie Posetti, of University of Wollongong, Australia. The study covers 121 UNESCO Member States and focuses on developments during the period 2007-2015. Interviews, panel discussions, thematic studies and a review … Continued

REPORT: Journalists suffer violence, intimidation and self-censorship in Europe

A survey by the Council of Europe shows that journalists in Europe are often exposed to serious unwarranted interference in their work, including intimidation and violence. The study is based on a sample of 940 journalists reporting from the 47 Council of Europe member states and Belarus. The study is written by Marilyn Clark and Anna … Continued

ARTICLE: New surveillance laws risk journalistic protection in Australia

Journalists enjoy certain protections for themselves and their sources under the laws of various countries. However, in Australia these protections are now challenged as some concerning laws relating to surveillance and national security have been passed. Sal Humphreys and Melissa de Zwart, both of The University of Adelaide, explore the new legislation affecting journalists, and journalists’ … Continued