Journalists around the globe face serious threats. According to UNESCO’s data, more than 700 journalists, media workers and social media producers who generate journalism have been killed during the past 10 years. Silencing these actors by killing them constitutes a serious threat to freedom of expression and is the ultimate act of censorship. Equally worrying is the fact that more than nine in ten cases of journalists’ killings, the crimes remain unsolved.
In order to more effectively prevent such threats, there is a need for a proper understanding – knowledge is the key.
UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair at University of Gothenburg are organizing in collaboration with IAMCR, University of Sheffield, University of Helsinki and University of Tampere a two-day Research Conference on Safety of Journalists during the celebrations of World Press Freedom Day in Helsinki Finland, on 3 and 4 May 2016.
The call for papers and posters has now closed. The received abstracts will be reviewed by the organizers (a committee consisting of representatives of University of Sheffield, University of Tampere, University of Helsinki, the UNESCO Chair at University of Gothenburg and UNESCO), and the submitters will receive a notification by 22 January 2016. Please consult the full call for papers here.
More information on the conference will be published later.