IAMCR news

IAMCR supports Turkish scholars

turkish flagOn 8 March 2014, a group of research assistants from Istanbul's Marmara University Faculty of Communication issued a statement to protest against the decision to expel two research assistants, Dr. Figen Algul and Can Ozbasaran from the Faculty, to penalise eight research assistants with a promotional suspension for 24 months and to implement a wage-cut in one case. These measures were taken in response to the research assistants joining the strike action organised by KESK (the Confederation of Public Workers’ Union) in June, which was related to the Gezi Park protests. The Higher Education Council of Turkey (YOK) still needs to confirm the expulsion.

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IAMCR at Global Forum on Media and Gender

IAMCR participated in the UNESCO Global Forum on Media and Gender, held in Bangkok, Thailand, December 2-4, 2013. Janet Wasko, IAMCR president, Aimée Vega, vice-president, were there and prepared this short report. IAMCR will continue to engage with the emerging Global Alliance for Media and Gender.

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Institutions can name free student members

Institutional members of IAMCR can now name up to ten (10) PhD students as members of the Association at no additional cost. IAMCR president, Janet Wasko, says the new policy is good for everyone: “Institutional members gain visibility and provide a service to their students, the students get the experience of being part of a worldwide professional association that can help expand their networks and their horizons, and IAMCR will benefit from the injection of new ideas and perspectives that are essential to keeping the association vital.”

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IAMCR offers communication policy research grants

With support from the Media Program of the Open Society Foundations, IAMCR is offering up to five grants for research conducted by young and emerging scholars. IAMCR's Global Media Policy Working Group, Emerging Scholars Network and Communication Policy Task Force will oversee, administer and award the grants.

See the complete call for proposals

Book: Communication & Human Rights - free download

Communication and Human Rights / Comunicación y derechos humanos was the theme of IAMCR's 2009 Conference in Mexico City and the title of a book that brings together some of the best papers presented at the conference's plenary sessions.

Edited by Aimée Vega Montiel with contributions by Néstor García Canclini, Jo Glanville, Kwame Boafo, Agnès Callamard, Frank La Rue Lewy, Ibrahim Saleh, Aimée Vega Montiel, Divina Frau-Meigs, Maria Immacolata Vasallo de Lopes, Margaret Gallagher, Cees Hamelink, Raúl Trejo Delarbre, Antonio Pasquali, Fátima Fernández Christlieb, Miquel de Moragas and Jesús Martín Barbero, this book is now available for free download in English and Spanish.

See the table of contents & download the book

Next year, a passage to India!

IAMCR's next conference will be held in Hyderabad, India from July 15-19, 2014. Usha Raman, a member of the Hyderabad Local Organising Committee, provided information on the conference theme, location and the host institutions during the closing plenary of IAMCR's Dublin conference.

Visit the conference website at IAMCR2014.ORG

In the meantime, read on for some advance information that was shared in Dublin.

Remembering Karol Jakubowicz

On 29 June 2013 IAMCR organised a special session at its IAMCR Dublin conference to commemorate Karol Jakubowicz.

Karol was a communications scholar and a longtime friend of IAMCR and many of its members. He passed away last April 28.

The session was entitled Remembering Karol Jakubowicz: Scholar, Policymaker and Friend, and included statements from Jo Bardoel, Epp Lauk, Kaarle Nordenstreng, Jan Servaes, Brenda Dervin, François Heinderyckx and Tarlach McGonagle.

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IAMCR protests the closing of Greek public service broadcaster

ERTIAMCR President, Janet Wasko, sent a letter to Antonis Samaras, Prime Minister of Greece, regarding the sudden closure of the public service broadcaster, ERT. In her letter she underlined the importance of public service media in democratic societies and urged the prime minister to "immediately reverse this decision, allowing Greek and other affected citizens living in the country and abroad to receive independent and quality information in this important period in Greek history."

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IAMCR @ ICA on 20 June

As is customary, IAMCR will host a special panel at the International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference. This year's panel will focus on the theme of IAMCR's own conference that begins in Dublin on 25 June, a short distance and a few days away.

“Crises, ‘Creative Destruction’ and the Global Power and Communication Orders”, the Dublin theme and the title of the panel, centres on whether and how the current economic crisis and its attendant gales of "creative destruction" may serve to reshape geo-political and communication orders.

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Karol Jakubowicz

photo - mediapolicy.orgIt is with deep sorrow that we report the death of Polish professor and journalist Karol Jakubowicz, who passed away April 28th.

Karol was an active IAMCR member for many years and contributed greatly to our meetings and discussions. He was a leading expert on European media and held many prominent positions. He led committees on media issues at the Council of Europe and UNESCO, and served as Director of the Polish Television. Karol was also an adviser on broadcast media laws to governments, NGOs and international organizations, including the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media.

We are currently discussing a memorial session commemorating Karol's work at the IAMCR Dublin conference.

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