Indigenous Sámi media adds value to Nordic societies

This chapter has been published in June 2017 in the book “The Difficult Freedom of Speech – Nordic Voices” by the Nordic Council of Ministers

For a small indigenous people like the Sámi in Finland, totalling 10,000 people, their own media plays an important role.

Sámi media plays an important role also in the Nordic democracy. Providing Sámi people with a […]

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    Helmut Kohl: why can’t our present leaders match his record?

Helmut Kohl: why can’t our present leaders match his record?

One of the great figures of 20th century history, Helmut Kohl, the former German Chancellor, has died. We Brits tend to think Margaret Thatcher brought down the Berlin Wall and ended the Cold War, but in many ways Kohl had more significance in re-shaping Europe.

His decision to press ahead with the unification of Germany when everyone thought it would […]


The Islamic State FAQs


by Omar Al-Ghazzi

The ‘so-called’ Islamic State makes news. But how much do we really know about what drives it to such murderous attacks on innocent people around the world? What is the ideology that lies behind the headlines? In this blog Omar Al Ghazzi, @Omar_alghazzi, now at Sheffield University but soon to join LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, gives his […]


The Archipelago of Press Restriction in Turkey

By Guest Bloggers Simon A. Waldman and Emre Caliskan

Turkey’s independent media died a slow and painful death, a result of years of co-option, censorship and repression. But critical journalism faded with a whimper and not a bang even before Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power.

Today, Turkey is the world’s biggest imprisoner of journalists. The […]


Truth and lies – a Central European perspective

by Guest Blogger, Martin M. Šimečka

I spent half of my life under a regime based on a lie. The conventional wisdom holds that, back in the days of communism, it was possible and easy for people to distinguish public lies from their private truth. Yet it is a myth.

For years, I lived among manual workers who had nothing to lose, and thus had little reason […]