I’m having fun using Medium as a publishing tool. Here’s a quick one using This American Life as a foundation.
Why we really focus on improving black schools rather than integrating black students
Here are the slides to my presentation at the AEJMC journalism educators conference in San Francisco today.
I discuss the latest developments in media regulation including cybercrime, anti-terrorism and hate speech laws. I also address the search for “global norms” in communication regulation.
I’m honored to be in Doha, Qatar, today presenting at a conference on freedom of expression. Here are the slides from my presentation:
Presenting this paper today at the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium in Knoxville, a gathering of media law educators in the United States.
Here are my slides for my presentation today at the Arab Human Rights conference in Doha, Qatar:
My main points:
- Need to focus on judicial rulings and get good ones translated/disseminated.
- Need to focus on international approaches — don’t just report that a journalist was arrested, explain how that violates her ability to her job and how other countries protect journalists.
- Need for transparency when reporting on free press violations. Who is the judge? The prosecutor? Don’t let them hide behind anonymity.
- Focus on penal codes, not just media laws. The two rulings in Africa overturned bad penal code law (criminal defamation and “false news”), not bad media law.
I really stressed the recent ruling from the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights that outlawed criminal defamation. The high court ruled that putting a journalist in jail is incompatible with human rights.
Here’s a link about the court ruling. And here’s a link to theKonate vs. Burkina Faso ruling itself. And here’s a link to the Media Legal Defense Initiative, the NGO that provided defense for the journalist in Burkina Faso who had the temerity to report on the corruption of a public official.
This African court ruling is a landmark decision for this part of the world. I’m working on creating an organization that translates legal rulings like this one for dissemination to Arabic-speaking judges, lawyers, prosecutors and journalists in the Middle East. Contact me if you’d like to help.
Finally, since you’re here, please take a look at my research: Arab Media Laws: Identifying restraints on freedom of the press in the Gulf countries. Here’s an earlier version that was translated into Arabic: قوانين الإعلام العربية: تحديد القيود على حرية الصحافة في دول الخليج.
Here’s a great quote from free speech scholar Rodney Smolla:
The American experience with freedom of speech is important to the rest of the world not because our current First Amendment policies are necessarily wise — it is not that Americans have all the perplexing issues of free speech “right.” American thinking on freedom of speech is relevant to the rest of the world because our experience in wrestling with free speech conflicts and communications policy is unusually rich. American society may not have the best answers, but it has thought about the problems more. Under the American First Amendment, the United States has experimented more often than any other culture in the world with the radical presumption that it is better to err on the side of openness than repression, even when the public arguments for repression are alluring.
Found that gem from 1992 in a great journal article by my good friend Kyu Ho Youm.
Just wanted to immortalize those awesome six words of reporting from Bob Simon. He was a true journalist — interested in telling the stories of those without voices. Here’s a great retrospective on his career from 60 Minutes.
Good list. Just covers 2014.
Earlier today, 12 journalists at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hepbo, were murdered by terrorists angry that the publication had mocked their religion.
Salman Rushdie released the following statement, which seems perfectly apt:
Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today. I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. ‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion.’ Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.
His words may offend and affront some of my Muslim friends. Nonetheless, he’s right. Freedom of expression demands no less.