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

ARTICLE: Communist regimes allow least media freedom

Out of different autocratic regimes, communist systems allow for the least amount of media freedom, writes Sebastian Stier, of Heidelberg University. Stier used the media freedom rankings of the non-governmental organizations Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders from 1993 to 2010. He compared them to the regime type classification of Steffen Kailitz. Expectedly, democratic systems … Continued

CFP: Who has influence on media, and how?

A conference on outside influence on media is looking for submissions. The event, Media Trends 2015, is subtitled as “Power and Media: Ownership, Sponsorship, Censorship”. It is organized and hosted by the Webster Vienna Private University in Vienna, Austria. The conference will take place between the 10th and 12th of September later this year. The … Continued

ARTICLE: African journalism, Western ideals, and others

A new issue of the journal African Journalism Studies has been published. It marks the re-launch of the journal with a new name, replacing the former title Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies. The voluminous issue features several essays also from European universities, which we’ve summarized below. Terje Skjerdal, of NLA University College, presents an essay … Continued

REPORT: State still influences Hungarian media

Hungarian state allocates its advertising spending unfairly, states a new report on Hungarian media by Mertek Media Monitor. The report, published this January, warns that the state’s politically biased advertising spending might influence editorial policies indirectly or create self-censorship among journalists. Although the state influence is slowly fading under the new government rule, the report … Continued

BOOK: Contemporary issues in Central and Eastern European journalism

A new volume in the series Studies in Communication and Politics, published by Peter Lang, is out. Journalism that matters: Views from Central and Eastern Europe features ten chapters detailing the states of contermporary journalism in CEE countries. The book is edited by Michał Głowacki, of University of Warsaw, Epp Lauk, of University of Jyväskylä, … Continued

ECREA2014: 5 interesting posters from Lisbon

The European Communication Conference, arranged by ECREA, begins officially tomorrow on Thursday. As per usual, there are numerous research posters covering all the major themes of the conferences, including journalism and journalism studies. These posters can be seen at Hall 4 and 5, First Floor. We picked 10 most interesting posters based purely on their … Continued