Clearinghouse for Public Statements

The IAMCR Executive Board, with the approval of the International Council, established a Clearinghouse for Public Statements in July 2015. The Clearinghouse mission is to help with responding to and making public statements. Statements will be guided by, and restricted to, the IAMCR remit; they will focus on media/communication issues and reflect IAMCR's critical position.

See the text What the Clearinghouse for Public Statements Does and the Clearinghouse's Working Procedures.

Any current member in good standing of IAMCR may request the Clearinghouse to consider whether a public statement should be made by endorsing a statement of others or by distributing a statement of its own.

Requests should be sent to clearinghouse [at] iamcr.org. Please read the text What the Clearinghouse for Public Statements Does and the Clearinghouse's Working Procedures before making a request. Questions and clarifications about what the Clearinghouse does should be sent to clearinghouse [at] iamcr.org.

The Clearinghouse is chaired by Robin Mansell, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and its members are Eno Akpabio, University of Namibia (Namibia), Martin Becerra,Universidad Nacional de Quilmes and Universidade de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Andrew Calabrese, University of Colorado (US), Lauren Dyll, University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa), Flor Enghel, Jönköping University (Sweden/Argentina), Divina Frau-Meigs, Université Sorbonne, Nouvelle (France), Audrey Gadzekpo, University of Ghana (Ghana), Rodrigo Gomez, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana–Cuajimalpa (Mexico), Gholam Khiabany, Goldsmiths, University of London (UK), Leah Komen, Daystar University (Kenya), Graham Murdock, Loughborough University (UK)/University of Auckland (NZ), Hillel Nossek, Kinneret Academic College on the Sea of Galilee, (Israel), Vinod Pavarala, University of Hyderabad (India), Sandra Ristovska, University of Pennsylvania (US/Macedonia), Takesato Watanabe, Doshisha University (Japan).

1. Role of the Clearinghouse
The Clearinghouse processes statements and/or manages the process of signing statements generated by others when they are principally concerned with issues relating to media/communications and where IAMCR members have substantive scientific expertise that provides a basis for seeking to influence discursive or material practice.
Addressing issues
Statements can originate from the Clearinghouse, from IAMCR entities (Executive Board, International Council, Committees, Task Forces, Sections, or Working Groups), and from individual members. Anyone requesting consideration of a statement must be a paid-up member of IAMCR.
IAMCR is deeply concerned by moves to compromise the independence of Australia's research grant process and embed political interference.
IAMCR calls on Hungarian authorities to withdraw a decree denying accreditation for Gender Studies programmes. IAMCR says the measure will "suppress valuable training" and "have a chilling effect on freedom of inquiry and freedom of expression".
IAMCR stands in solidarity with university professors, students and media professionals in Venezuela whose freedom of inquiry and expression is being systematically undermined by the government of President Nicolás Maduro.
IAMCR offers its support to faculty members of the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information protesting against the staff cut strategy of the hedge-fund investment company that owns the one remaining daily newspaper in Denver, Colorado, The Denver Post.
UNESCO and the GNI held a colloquium in Paris on 8 February 2018: "Improving the communications and information ecosystem to protect the integrity of elections”. Prior to that meeting, IAMCR’s Clearinghouse for Public Statements prepared a statement on contemporary challenges for media and communication research posed by digital disinformation.
The Turkish organisation Academics for Peace has issued a call for international solidarity to support its members who are being charged with terror-related offenses for signing a 2016 petition calling for an end to curfews and military operations in the Kurdish region of Turkey.
An update has been made to the IAMCR statement on Catalonia published on 5 October. The update clarifes the scope of IAMCR statements and the role of the Clearinghouse on Public Statements.
As the new academic year begins for many, we are reminded of the 5,717 academics from 117 universities in Turkey who have been fired since July 2016. Only 140 of them have been reinstated in their jobs.