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 urges its members and the media and communication research and education community to lobby the UK government against proposals that threaten creative and critical scholarship in research in media and communication and to join calls for action in other countries when similar policy moves threaten education in our field.
IAMCR expresses concern about Julian Assange's possible extradition to the United States, a precedent that threatens the welfare of whistle-blowers and discourages the sustained watchdog role of the media.
IAMCR está "profundamente preocupada por los movimientos para comprometer la independencia del proceso de becas de investigación de Australia"
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.