EJN Report on Challenges for Journalism in the post-truth era


Tasneem Ahmar is an award-winning freelance journalist, writer, broadcaster and activist on issues related to media, development and rights of women. She currently heads Uks Research Centre, a media monitoring organisation in Islamabad, Pakistan, and is Executive producer for Meri Awaz Sunno (hear my voice), a rights- based radio programme with a predominantly female team.

Cherian George is an associate professor at the journalism department of Hong Kong Baptist University, where he researches freedom of expression, censorship and alternative media. He was a journalist at the Straits Times, Singapore. Website: cheriangeorge.net.

Gareth Harding is a Brussels-based journalist and media trainer. He is managing director of Clear Europe, a communications company specialising in media training. An expert on European affairs, he has written for Time magazine, Politico, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is director of the University of Missouri School of Journalism’s Brussels programme.

Chan Chi Kit is assistant professor in the School of Communication at Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong. His research covers journalism, media sociology, Hong Kong identity and risk communication. He has published in international media journals. He also writes columns in Hong Kong’s newspapers and provides TV and radio commentary.

Ewen MacAskill has been a reporter on the Guardian for 20 years, starting as chief political correspondent and becoming diplomatic editor, Washington bureau chief and New York- based reporter, and is at present defence and intelligence correspondent. He has covered UK politics, the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Iraq war and Barack Obama’s elections. He was part of the Guardian team that won the Pulitzer Public Service Medal in 2013 for its coverage of the Edward Snowden leaks. He is a fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.

Racheal Nakitare is Assistant Television Programmes Manager with Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and immediate former president of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television. She holds a Masters in Communication. She is Africa representative of the Ethical Journalism Network.

Bill Orme is an author, editor, and consultant specialising in strategic communications and international media development and is a former correspondent for the Economist and the Washington Post in Latin America and the New York Times in the Middle East, he works with the Brussels-based Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) on freedom of information commitments in the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals. Contact: bill. orme@gmail.com / +1-917-607-1026

AS Panneerselvan is the Readers’ Editor of The Hindu, and is a regular columnist. He is a journalism teacher at India’s prestigious Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. He headed the regional media development group Panos South Asia between 2004 and 2014, returning to the position of Executive Director in 2016.

Maud van de reijt is a Dutch investigative journalist and historian. She works for public broadcasters Human and VPRO, producing television and radio programmes. As a researcher for Medialogica she specialises in public opinion and the influence of media on society.

Misja Pekel studied Law and Journalism in Amsterdam and Leeds. He is a documentary filmmaker at the Dutch public broadcaster Human. Besides (found footage) documentaries he is working on Medialogica, a TV series about public opinion and the influence of media.

Ceren Sözeri is Associate Professor and faculty member at the Communications Department of Galatasaray University. She has published on political economy of the media, media policies, freedom of the press, ethical issues, discrimination and hate speech in Turkey. She has been the EJN’s representative in Turkey since 2015. She is also part of Ben Gazeteciyim [I am a journalist] initiative for solidarity in Turkey.

Aidan White is the Director of the Ethical Journalism Network. He has worked as a journalist in the UK including for the Guardian and for 24 years was General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists based in Brussels. He is the author of the 2008 book To Tell You the TRUTH on ethics, self-regulation and good governance in journalism.

The Global Word of 2016


Definition: an adjective relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.

Adopted and included in Oxford dictionaries for the first time in 2016, the compilers report that the term has been most used in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States.
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