The US and the erosion of press freedom (4 June)

You are cordially invited to attend the next ICS Research Seminar on Wednesday 4 June 2014, 4.15pm – 5.30 pm in the ICS Lecture Theatre (Room G.12).  Details of the final seminar in the series (on Thursday 19 June) are listed under Research Events on the ICS website.

Title:    The United States and the erosion of press freedom

Abstract: This talk derives from Paterson’s new book, War Reporters under Threat: The United States and Media Freedom (Pluto Press).  The book argues that, in becoming a leading threat to the practice of journalism around the world, the US undermines the media freedom doctrine underpinning its own foreign policy.  Paterson argues that since 1999 the traditional relationship between democratic states and journalists has changed. The US and its allies prioritised information control over all other considerations and a new kind of threat to media workers emerged, with war reporters now no longer able to count on once-trusted states to protect or respect journalists in conflict. Paterson positions these trends within the turn toward militarism across US culture and the docility of US media, and argues for reform of legal protections for journalists which could challenge state impunity.

Biography: His career has been divided between the UK and the US (where he has also worked in television production and broadcast journalism).   He has taught at the Centre for Mass Communication Research at the University of Leicester and in San Francisco, Atlanta, Northern Ireland, and Finland.  He received his PhD from the University of Texas in 1996.  He is co-founder and current co-chair of the Working Group for Media Production Analysis <> of the International Association for Media and Communication Research.  He teaches and researches in the areas of international communications and journalism.  His research concerns the production and flow of international news; the safety of journalists; media in Africa; and communication for development.
All welcome to attend, on Wednesday, 4th June, at 4.15pm in the usual place, LT G.12, Clothworkers’ North Building.

Best wishes,


Liz Pollard
Research Support Administrator
Institute of Communications Studies
Room G.11, Clothworkers North Building
University of Leeds
Leeds   LS2 9JT
Tel: +44(0)113 343 5805
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