Berlin Security Beat

Episode 12: “Nobel Peace Prize Special: State Repression of Journalists”

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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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BBC (2021): The Lazarus Hei$t,

Carey, Sabine C./ Gohdes, Anita R. (2021): Understanding Journalist Killings, in: The Journal of Politics, 83:4, 1216–1228,

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Garretón, Manuel A. (1990): The Feasibility of Democracy in Chile: Conditions and Challenges, in: Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 15(30), 67–84,

Moss, Dana M. (2021): The Arab Spring Abroad: Diaspora Activism against Authoritarian Regimes, Cambridge University Press,

Perlroth, Nicole (2021): This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race, Bloomsbury Publishing,

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World Press Freedom Index 2020,


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