February 19, 2015

Lecture to look at trends in media freedom

Sarah Cook, a senior research analyst for East Asia, Freedom House, in Washington, D.C., will examine trends in media freedom. Her lecture is at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, in College of Mass Communication and Media Arts Room 1032, the dean’s conference room.

Cook will present, “The Censor’s Toolbox: Global Trends in Media Freedom.”  Drawing on the findings of recent Freedom House research, Cook will explain how the organization assesses media and internet freedom around the world and offer a summary of key global trends, addressing these questions. She will also provide a detailed look at conditions in China, as home to both the largest number of internet users in the world and the most sophisticated, multilayered apparatus of information controls.​

Responding to Cook’s remarks will be faculty members Scott McClurg, professor, political science; Dong Han, assistant professor, journalism, and Lisa Brooten, associate professor, radio, television, and digital media. The event is free and open to the public.

The Global Media Research Center is hosting the event.