International Journalism Week 2016 took place from 7 to 11 November at the University of Sheffield with CFOM once again involved in proceedings. Marking International Day to End Impunity, CFOM hosted the then UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Guy Berger who spoke during the annual lecture slot on the them of ‘Your right to know relies on justice for journalists under attack’. The discussion highlighted the combined efforts of UNESCO, other UN bodies, governments and other key stakeholders to create a safe environment and to combat impunity.
The CFOM lecture and debate is about how the environment for journalists in many parts of the world has grown more risky and hostile than ever. A new generation of journalists needs a toolkit of survival skills that take account of the fact that the media have become a key battleground in fierce contests for power.
Other speakers included CFOM’s William Horsley and Jackie Harrison. Panel members for the annual lecture included Tonia Samsonova (Moscow Echo), Elisabeth Witchel (Committee to Protect Journalists), and Ghias Aljundi (human rights consultant and expert on conflict issues). A full list of speakers can be found here.
More information on the annual lecture can be found here and the annual lecture is in the video below.