Call for papers: An Online Symposium on Threats to Media Freedom

December 14^th , 2023

Independent, watchdog journalism has always been under threat. Such threats to media freedom can come from political, economic, and societal forces. They can also be caused by legislation. In recent years, the reported increase in legal attacks against journalists, the tightening of political control over news media in authoritarian countries, and the rising political hostility towards journalists in many parts of the world have sent a worrying signal for media freedom. With the surge of populist politics, the persistent long-term financial challenges in news media, and the potential negative influence of digital technologies, media freedom is precarious in many countries. Against this background, we are inviting academics and experts to explore threats to media freedom.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Legal threats to media freedom

Media control and digital technologies

Media ownership and independent journalism

Political authorities and media freedom

Freedom of Information Act (FOI) and journalism

Freedom to access data

Media freedom and press ethics

Media freedom and social media

Media freedom and political systems and cultures

The public, audiences and media freedom

Please send abstracts of up to 200 words, and a bio of up to 100 words, to Dr Jingrong Tong ((j.tong /at/ <mailto:(j.tong /at/>) by October 20th, 2023. Successful applicants will be notified by October 31^st , 2023. There is a possibility to develop a selection of papers presented at the symposium into an edited book. Symposium attendance and participation will be free.