34 posts about Media freedom on this blog
Friday 20 April 2012, 12:00
Outgoing Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev has ordered the creation of a new public service television station to come on air on 1 January 2013.
Unveiling plans for the channel on 17 April, he pledged it would be free of "excessive state influence". There are, though, grounds for doubting whether the...
Monday 19 March 2012, 16:13
Last week, I spoke at the Oxford University China Africa Network on the implications of China's media interventions in Africa.
There is ample discussion of China's role in the overall frame of African development. Opinion is divided on whether these interventions are a reinforcing of previous colonial...
Monday 3 October 2011, 15:38
It is high time journalists, media owners and editors stopped being passive in the face of the continued slaughter and silencing of journalists. They should demand protection for their colleagues who face violence and suppression.
That was the surprising message from a recent United Nations meeting aimed...
Tuesday 30 August 2011, 16:15
As the fighting continues in Tripoli, a war of words is taking place in the Chinese media and blogosphere. The revolution in Libya has become a subject of heated debate which may reveal more about China than the Libyan conflict.
As they have for the past six months, China's state media are still focusing...
Friday 24 June 2011, 15:29
Sue Lloyd-Roberts reported from Syria for Newsnight this week. Because foreign journalists are not allowed into the country, she went undercover. This is her account of the trip:
I have been working undercover in countries which are unfriendly to journalists for 20 years now and I follow a strict code...
Tuesday 24 May 2011, 17:13
I thought this might be a good moment to think a bit about some of the important landmarks in press freedom here in the UK... or, more accurately, England.
1641: The abolition of the Star Chamber
This had been the monarchy's most potent tool of repression for centuries: a court that held secret sessions...
Thursday 21 April 2011, 16:28
Russian media watchers marked a grim anniversary last week. Ten years ago, on 14 April 2001, security guards and police acting on behalf of the state-owned Gazprom-Media took control of the premises of the independent broadcaster NTV.
The takeover is seen as a turning point in the recent history of media...
Thursday 31 March 2011, 14:46
The relaunch of one of Russia's most prestigious newspaper titles has been beset by a mystery surrounding a provocative advertising campaign which may be further evidence of a rift in the country's political establishment.
The Moscow News began life in the 1930s as an English-language newspaper aimed...
Tuesday 29 March 2011, 10:52
Nicolas Sarkozy has not had it this good for years. Despite his dismal personal poll ratings, more than 66% of French people approve of their president's Libya initiative, and the media are mostly behind him too.
Christophe Barbier, editor of L'Express, said: "Nicolas Sarkozy will be the president...
Tuesday 22 February 2011, 15:05
With severe restrictions imposed on the media in Libya, the internet has emerged as an important window through which traditional media outlets, particularly pan-Arab TV channels, can provide coverage of the unrest.
Libya does not allow foreign media to operate freely on its soil, which has made it difficult...
Tuesday 15 February 2011, 10:14
After the Guardian's Moscow correspondent, Luke Harding, was briefly barred from entering Russia early in February, most commentators in Russia's liberal and opposition media rallied to his cause and attacked the security services for discrediting the country in the eyes of the world.
The one exception...
Thursday 27 January 2011, 11:51
Reporting of the bomb blast in Moscow's Domodedovo airport has sparked a new round in the debate on the merits of social versus traditional media in Russia.
Russian users of Twitter have been crowing about how the story broke on the microblogging service well before it was reported on TV and radio...
Monday 24 January 2011, 09:02
On 25 November, my Coventry Conversations series featured David Yelland, former editor of the Sun, now a PR man and an alumni of Lanchester Polytechnic, the forerunner of Coventry University.
Yelland was 'back home' and unloaded himself honestly about his life, his alcoholism, his alopecia, Rupert Murdoch...
Thursday 13 January 2011, 08:21
Student demos were all the rage when I was at the LSE in 1968. They are again today, thanks to the coalition government's hike in tuition fees.
As an LSE alum, and the producer of last night's Media Society/Polis event with Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, I guess I should have expected trouble.
Tuesday 11 January 2011, 11:35
Jack Straw's comments that some UK Pakistani men see white girls as "easy meat" for sex abuse has really set the debate over what is taboo and what isn't alight.
Two of his Labour colleagues have rounded on him for "stereotyping" an entire community. The former Home Secretary has urged the Pakistani...
Tuesday 11 January 2011, 10:04
By any standards, Deng Kooch Diing is a remarkable young journalist. He's the parliamentary reporter for the Juba Post, in Southern Sudan. Juba will soon become the capital of the world's newest country, if the voters there hold sway following the referendum taking place this week.
That vote for separation...
Thursday 23 December 2010, 10:21
When violence flared up during the student protests in London on 9 December, Britain's news channels were on hand to provide virtually uninterrupted coverage well into the night. The disturbances also dominated the main news bulletins that evening.
Two days later, serious disorder erupted in central...
Tuesday 14 December 2010, 10:52
Wikileaks spin-off Brussels Leaks launched out of the blue last Thursday, to much excitement in the European capital and Twittersphere beyond.
The European Journalism Centre's exclusive email interview with an anonymous representative is amongst the first media contacts with the aspiring...
Friday 3 December 2010, 10:28
The news that the Daily Telegraph is likely to charge online readers for some of its content was revealed by FT.com, which itself charges its readers. This meant that many people could not read the full story - an irony not lost on those frantically tweeting the news.
This was a pity because one of the...
Friday 12 November 2010, 09:55
The vicious beating of journalist and blogger Oleg Kashin outside his apartment in Moscow in the small hours of 6 November is yet another reminder of the dangers facing media workers in Russia - there was a report by Richard Galpin on the BBC's News at Ten last night (starting at 21 mins 56 secs)...
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