The participants from East African meeting at the Turning the Page of Hate conference, held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on May 12-13th 2015, declare their support for the campaign against hate speech and urge journalism and media leaders in Africa to work together in a renewed effort to strengthen quality journalism to be practised in safe conditions across the continent.
For the billions of people who have never been online, many of whom will join in the coming decade, social media platforms still represent both real opportunities and real threats. Myanmar offers an interesting glimpse at what can happen when a society, long isolated, is suddenly brought online in the age of social media. (via Religion News Service)
Nina Nazarova, a reporter at the Russian magazine Afisha, published a small collection of fascinating interviews with four public figures who have played major roles online and in the news in Russia. Each of these people has faced intense harassment on the Internet and in ordinary life, and their stories serve as revealing accounts of what it’s like to be prominent and hated on the RuNet today. (via Global Voices)
“In the event that journalists or news outlets make a mistake, there should be plenty of means of redress that do not involve throwing someone in prison,” said Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. “Furthermore, criminal accusations against a journalist are unlikely to solve any genuine security problems facing Egyptian authorities.” (via The Committee to Protect Journalists)
This report highlights the key findings of the recent survey of Cambodian journalists and examines notable developments and challenges within the Cambodian media industry in 2014, ending with a number of recommendations for improving and expanding the independence of Cambodian media in 2015 and beyond.
EJN panel on 25 May at 14:00
Are there Limits to the Freedom of the Press?
Following the murderous attack on Charlie Hebdo, which left 11 journalists and a French policeman dead, the lead cartoonist of the magazine declared that he will stop using Mohammed in his cartoons. Short of terror against journalists on one hand, and limitless freedom of the press from the other hand, is there a middle way, where press freedom and sensitivity to religious feelings can be balanced?
Aidan White, Director of EJN, Ethics in Journalism Network
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