International Journalism Week (IJW) 2021-2, organised by the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with the Center for Freedom of the Media, takes place on 8-11 November 2021.

Focusing on the theme of “Media freedom in the digital age” IJW 2021-2 will feature experts in journalism and related professions who will speak on the impact of digital technology on journalism. IJW 2021 will provide insight into the Pegasus spyware; the safety of journalists; hybrid models of journalistic investigations; media freedom in Africa and Asia; and tips for cybersecurity, amongst others.

The keynote address will be delivered by the UNESCO Chair on Media Freedom, Journalism Safety and the Issue of Impunity, Professor Jackie Harrison. The Centre for Freedom of the Media will also host an expert panel entitled. “The  increasingly dominant role of  government and big tech power as “gatekeepers” of public debate. The repression of independent media and civil society voices in the  digital media space.” Two outstanding speakers present their latest research into the negative impact of these pressures on international efforts to establish a favourable environment for the free flow of information and end impunity for crimes against journalists: Barbara Trionfi, Executive Director of the International Press Institute and Dr Tina Burrett, an academic and author on media and politics in Russia.