Coming publication: The Assault on Journalism

This coming publication – The Assault on Journalism. Building Knowledge to Protect Freedom of Expression – aims to highlight and fuel research about journalist safety, encourage worldwide participation and inspire new research initiatives. It will be launched at the World Press Freedom Day main event in Jakarta on May 3.

Violence and threats against journalists constitute an attack on freedom of expression. In an era of globalization and digitization, no single party can alone carry the responsibility for protection of journalism and freedom of expression.

Instead, this responsibility must be assumed jointly by the state, the courts, media companies and journalist organizations, as well as by NGOs and civil society. 

To support joint efforts to protect journalism there is a growing need for research-based knowledge. It is hoped that this collection of research will contribute to highlighting and fueling journalist safety as a field of research, to encourage worldwide participation, as well as to inspire further dialogues and new research initiatives.

Editors are Ulla Carlsson, Professor and holder of the UNESCO Chair on Freedom of Expression, Media Development and Global Policy at the University of Gothenburg and Reeta Pöyhtäri, PhD and Post-Doctoral researcher at the University of Tampere (former Expert, Division for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO).

Collaboration partners: This publication is the result of collaboration between the UNESCO Chair at the University of Gothenburg, UNESCO, IAMCR and a range of other partners.

Read more about the World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta


PREVIOUS NORDICOM PUBLICATIONS on freedom of expression (free download):
Freedom of Expression and Media in Transition (2016),
Freedom of Expression Revisited (2013),
Freedom of Speech Abridged? (2009)