Conferences and Workshops

Freedom of Information in Crisis Zones

Freedom of Information in Crisis Zones
A by-invitation experts’ workshop to be held at
City University London
May 26-27, 2016

in collaboration with the Penn State Center for Global Studies


May 25, Wednesday
Welcome Reception: TBA

May 26, Thursday
9:00 - 9:15  Welcome Remarks, Logistics

TOPIC ONE: Government policies
9:15 - 10:15 Session I: Almost as important as the military battle? Government media policy in 21st Century Conflict – Dr. James Rodgers, City University London
Respondent: Dr. Maria Michalis – University of Westminster

10:15 - 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 - 11:30 Session II: Cyber Security Hegemony and Compromised on-line voices in Korea: The Enactment of the 2016 Anti-terrorism Act and the Silencing of the Media – Dr. Dong Hyung Song, Asia Research Institute, University of Singapore (presenter) and Dr. Chang Yong Son, Mnistry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, South Korea
Respondent: Dr. Bingchun Meng – London School of Economics and Political Science

11:30 – 12:30  Session III: Bigger Data, Bigger Divide? The role of Big Data and GI Analysis in redrawing the digital information divide – Mr. Doug Specht, University of Westminster
Respondent: Dr. Ben Cramer – Penn State

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch Break

TOPIC TWO: Risk and crisis communications
1:30 – 2:30  Session IV: Changing the Conversation: How Developing Countries Handle the International Media During Crises and Conflicts – Prof. Eli Avraham, University of Haifa
Respondent: Dr. Melanie Bunce, City University London

2:30 – 3:30 Session V: The role of social media in facilitating information flows between citizen-activists and journalists in the context of the 2011 Egyptian revolution – Mr. Aljosha Karim Schapals, City University of London and the Financial Times
Respondent: Prof. Jean Chalaby, City University London

3:30 – 4:00 Concluding remarks for the day

7:00 p.m. Dinner: TBA

May 27, Friday

TOPIC THREE: Journalism under pressure
9:00 – 10:00 Session VI: The normalisation of targeting of international broadcast facilities and equipment by the United States – Dr. Chris Paterson, University of Leeds
Respondent: Prof. Annabelle Sreberny, SOAS

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee break

10:15 – 11:15 Session VII: The Logic of Anti-Press Violence: Patrons and Predictors in Mexico’s states – Mr. Jose Brambila, University of Leeds
Respondent: Prof. Petros Iodifidis, City University London

11:15 –12:15 Session VIII: Access no areas: how BBC journalists navigate the use of eyewitnesses’ content and intelligence from inaccessible conflicts – Dr. Lisette Johnston, BBC
Respondent: Prof. Ivor Gaber – University of Sussex

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:15 Session IX: Social responsibility, journalistic values, and ethics of conflict coverage: A critical analysis of the coverage Mumbai attacks in Indian and Pakistani elite press, Dr. Azmat Rasul, (presenter), Ms. Defne Bilir, Prof. Stephen D. McDowell, Prof. Barbara Robinson, Florida State University
Respondent: Prof. Krishna Jayakar – Penn State

2:15 – 3:00 Summaries, Concluding Remarks, Closing