Nobel Peace Prize Special: State Repression of Journalists

Anita Gohdes speaks with Katharina Emschermann about state repression of journalists.

Anita Gohdes, Professor of International and Cyber Security at the Hertie School, and an expert on contentious politics in the cyber realm, joins Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre for International Security, to talk about journalist killings.

They discuss the conditions that put journalists in danger in institutional democracies, the instrumentalization of social media, the intersection between online and offline politics in the context of protests, and how to better protect journalists and freedom of expression.

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More about the speakers

  • Anita Gohdes, Professor of International and Cyber Security