From ‘The Interview’ to Charlie Hebdo

This article  is by LSE MSc student and Polis intern Alex Forbess (@AForbess)

At the heart of the global debate about the attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo has been the question of whether there be limitations to what we say and publish, or if it is our “God-given” right to say and write whatever we want? LSE student Alex […]


Charlie Hebdo and the Other Within (guest blog)

This article by LSE Media and Communications Associate Professor Dr Bart Cammaerts

A few days after the horror, brutalism and destruction there is a slowly growing some space for some degree of rationalization of what happened last week. I have two main observations to make here: first and inevitably, freedom of speech needs to be discussed and contextualized, second coinciding […]


Citizen terrorism: the Paris killings and networked media

This article  is by LSE student and Polis Silverstone Scholar Milan Dinic (@MilanDinic1)

The tragic killings which took place in a magazine office and a grocery store in Paris show a shift in the relationship between terror and media. It reflects the increasing domination of citizen/networked journalism over mainstream news media, and the rise of something which I would call citizen terrorism.

Terrorists have always sought ways […]


The right response to Charlie Hebdo: fear and humanity

Today I started research on a documentary about how journalists should deal with the surfeit of frightening, horrific news in our lives: then along comes the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

[This article has been updated with links to other pieces at the end]

I am sure it’s not just journalists who feel viscerally appalled by this very deliberate, callous, meticulous and brutal act […]


Silverstone Scholarship awarded to Milan Dinic

Polis are delighted to announce that the recipient of the Silverstone Scholarship for 2015 is LSE MSc student Milan Dinic.

Milan Dinic is a Journalist from Serbia, with a BA in Political Science and an MA in Terrorism, Organized Crime and Security Studies, both from University of Belgrade. He has worked for media in Serbia and the region, reporting on politics, […]