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Wednesday 29 July 2020
The application deadline for our distance learning MA Human Rights is fast approaching. Apply today and develop specialist knowledge on areas of human rights theory and practice, as well as cutting-edge issues:    

UN statement on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global media freedom

Tuesday 28 April 2020
On 9 April the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, issued a statement on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global media freedom, referring to the “growing manifestations of authoritarianism, including limits on the media, civic space and freedom of expression."  You can access the full statement here .

Summary of the London Media Freedom Conference now available

Wednesday 24 July 2019
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office hosted a conference on Media Freedom on the 11th and 12th July which was attended by Dr Sue Onslow, ICWS Deputy Director and coordinator of the ICWS Centre on Media Freedom in the Commonwealth, along with ICWS Senior Research Fellows David Page and William Crowley, and Rita Payne, Emeritus President of the Commonwealth Journalists Association. A summary of the outcomes of the conference, written by David Page, is now available .  

Trail-blazing student receives funding for research trip to Jamaica to further her studies

Wednesday 17 July 2019
A London-based student has won an exciting research visit to the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Dongkyung Shin, a research student based at King’s College London, has been awarded the first OSPA Annual Travel Bursary by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, for her original research project ‘Partnerships in universities: British strategies for new universities at the end of empire’.

Witness Seminar - British Embassies and the East European Revolutions of 1988-89

Saturday 1 June 2019
The edited transcript of  'British Embassies and the East European Revolutions of 1988-89' a seminar with British Diplomats who witnessed the fall of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989 is now available.   The transcript has been edited by Dr Sue Onslow, Deputy Director of the ICWS and Dr Michael Kandiah of Kings College  Please click here for the transcript Organised by the ICWS, Kings College and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the seminar was one of the 'Witness Seminar' series.  For more information  about the series, please click here

South African Elections and the Media

Thursday 9 May 2019
Fake news, disinformation and ANC control of the state broadcaster all featured in the 2016 local elections, as outlined in  Martin Plaut’s recent article in the Conversation , and covert tactics have been used in other campaigns in South Africa. Speakers  at a recent ICWS event discussed the impact of the media and fake news on elections and the implications for democracy. A podcast of the event is available here Chair: Dr Sue Onslow, Deputy Director ICWS  Speakers: Mr Justin Adams, UK Chairperson, Democratic Alliance

ICWS@70 The Commonwealth and Human Rights: Judge Albie Sachs

Thursday 25 April 2019
On Friday 12 April, Judge Albie Sachs, anti apartheid activist and former member of the Constitutional Court of South Africa made the keynote speech at the latest ICWS@70 event, 'The Commonwealth and Human Rights'.  A podcast of the event is available here Following the meeting, Judge Sachs spoke with  ICWS Senior Fellow, Martin Plaut about his own time as a fellow at the ICWS, during which he worked on what became the Bill of Rights of post apartheid South Africa.   A podcast of their conversation is available here .