The Initiative on Impunity and the Rule of Law aims to provide an independent platform to assess the effectiveness of existing legal, political and institutional safeguards against violence directed at journalists because of their professional work; and to present the case for more effective international mechanisms to counter such crimes of violence and to end impunity. The Initiative is conducting collaborative research and consultation among academic and legal experts, national government officials, inter-governmental organisations, and civil society and media representatives, to advance its aims.
Dr Bolette Blaagaard, was awarded a Pump Prime Research Grant from City, University of London to set up an international and interdisciplinary network of scholars and practitioners working in the field of intersections between journalism and citizenship. The aim of the network is to map out the different ways in which cultural and political citizenship is formulated by and through journalistic practices across nations and communities as well as in historical perspectives. This mapping exercise will serve to contextualise the current debates about active and mediated citizenship, particularly as expressed in citizen journalism, UGC, and social media
The open justice initiative aims to make recommendations for the way judicial information and legal data are communicated in a digital era. The Open Justice in the Digital Era project launched with the Justice Wide Open conference on 29 February 2012, at which practitioners and academics debated the future of legal knowledge in the 21st century.
This project examines the latest developments in disaster reporting and the ethical questions raised by the new media landscape, the changing nature of the source-media relationship and NGOs' own use of new media tools.
To launch the initiative, practitioners and academics from the fields of development and journalism attended a conference on 6 March 2013 to debate whether a 'new ethical and reporting framework' is needed.