panel speakersMedia Freedom speakers. Clockwise from top left: Sue Onslow, Zaffar Abbas, Jackie Harrison and William Horsley.

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (IcWS) and the UK branch of the Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) hosted a 27 April discussion on The Commonwealth and media freedom: Where do we stand?

The discussion marked the 20th anniversary of the United Nations action plan on the safety of journalists.

Speakers discussed journalism across the Commonwealth during and after the pandemic and looked at ways in which the Commonwealth could stand up against the growing trend to attack journalism as well as journalists in member countries.

The session was chaired by the Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Dr Sue Onslow and included Zaffar Abbas, the Editor of Dawn (Pakistan’s leading English language newspaper), William Horsley (International Director, Centre for Freedom of Media, University of Sheffield) and  Professor Jackie Harrison (Professor of Public Communication, University of Sheffield).

The session is available for viewing below:

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