Journalists in Exile
An increasing number of journalists are forced to live in political exile. However, living in exile does not mean living in safety as transnational repression is a widespread phenomenon that puts journalists and their families at the risk of online and offline attacks. Overall, it is fair to argue that journalists’ experience in exile is best understood via three levels:
- Journalists as individuals, citizens, humans (issues such as passports, visa, travel permission, working permit, working opportunities and forced change of profession, provisions for family in home country or to follow journalist into exile)
- Journalists taking on the role of human rights defenders (protection in this role, giving voice etc)
- News organisations in exile (funding, sustainability, protection in terms of security – physical and digital)
This panel event organised by the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), the Hub for the Study of Hybrid Communication in Peacebuilding (HCPB) and the Migration Research Group (MRG) aims to conceptualise journalists/-ism in exile as a form of forced migration and discuss what potential protection provisions and mechanisms that address the above three levels could look like and how they can best be devised.
Jessica White - Senior Research Analyst, Freedom House
Dr Ilya Yablokov - a lecturer in the School of Journalism, Media and Communication at the University of Sheffield
Louisa Esther Mugabo - a PhD candidate at University College Cork
Moderated by Professor Stef Pukallus, School of Journalism, Media and Communication at the University of Sheffield and Founding Chair of the Hub for the Study of Hybrid Communication (HCPB)
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