New beginnings

As of September I’m enrolled in a PhD programme with the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University. I’ll spend the coming four years researching the use of images by the media in relation to migration, foreign policy and human rights.


On the issues of covering the attacks on Charlie Hebdo

The front covers of today’s UK newspapers compiled by Nick Sutton (BBC). The Independent extended the list to include several other European newspapers.

In these dark days for journalism and freedom of expression, the media must take equal responsibility in the covering of cases such as yesterday’s attack on the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The words and phrases that are being used in many of these covers, the dichotomous world view that is continuously being reinforced throughout the cover texts, the paradigmatic use of us and them to explain the deeds of terrorists, further adds to already existing divides in society, rather than helping to close the gap.

Yes, we need and must call for freedom of expression and the press to be protected; there is no question about it. We have to show solidarity with our colleagues who are attacked and murdered for doing their jobs, everywhere. But alongside the demand for our right to express ourselves and to do our job without being harassed, threatened or murdered, we (the media) must also take responsibility for our reporting. Looking at some of these covers, it’s quite clear that “we are not all Charlie“, and that is indeed a problem.

Voice and Matter conference


Back from Berlin since last night and spending today in Roskilde, Denmark at the Voice and Matter conference, organised by Ørecomm Centre for Glocal Change, which I’m a part of. It’s a four-day a mixture of academic conference and cultural festival on media, communication and development. Above a photo from a panel on the role of media and communication in the post 2015 agenda. In proper ComDev manner, we have one of the panellist joining us from New York via Skype.

Moderation of ‘Journalists as observers or journalists’ panel in Berlin


Yesterday I was in Berlin and moderated a panel titled “Journalists as observers or journalists”. It was a great and interactive discussion with war correspondent Simone Schlindwein, Human Rights activist Linda Walter and peace journalist Vanessa Bassil.

New York and Guelph with ComDev

Back from my latest trip, a work trip to New York, Toronto and Guelph with the ComDev crew. We had interesting meetings, wonderful weather and an overall good time. While in New York we visited New York University and Unicef to discuss future collaborations and projects.




After New York we headed up to Guelph for a conference with the Glocal Classroom project that ComDev is a part of. We had a three-day seminar on Communication for Environmental and Social Change. This is me at the end of the first day, after having run a workshop with the university’s IT people on how we broadcast and produce our seminars in real time.


European Youth Media Days 2014

From 7 to 11 May I was in Strasbourg to coordinate and support the efforts of 120 young journalists in their reporting of the European Youth Event. Part of my assignment included to author a report on behalf of the European Union.

Photo: Martin Hanzel
On the panel from left to right: Meabh Mac (moderator), Richard Corbett (cabinet of the President of the Council of Europe), Carl Fridh Kleberg (journalist, TT), Rebecca Bengtsson (lecturer, Malmö University) and Andrew Byrne (journalist, Financial Times). Photo by Martin Hanzel.

I also participated in a panel on the future of journalism, and moderated a debate on big data.

Photo: Tomas Lacika
Panel participants were Leonardo Cervera Navas, Head of unit, European Data Protection Supervisor, Joe McNamee, Executive Director of European Digital Rights (EDRi) and Carl Fridh Kleberg, journalist. Photo by Tomas Lacika.
The panel I moderated was called Eagle eye – Big data under control?
Some of the issue covered included who protects the privacy of citizens, who controls data in the end: the big internet firms, the secret services, or citizens through their fundamental rights?