Walking in the minefield: The state of uncertainty and journalism in Iran

A seminar with Researcher Banafsheh Ranji, University of Oslo.

Free admission and open to all.

Image may contain: Woman, People in nature, Face, Lady, Beauty.Iranian journalism is often discussed in relation to the ‘authoritarian’ political context of the country, and this has led to the established views that the tangible forms of control, including the state use of coercion and restrictive regulation are the only obstacles to journalism in the country. Consequently, the way the climate of uncertainty, shaped by national and international dynamics, influences journalism in Iran is neglected. This lecture discusses the more subtle and less visible mechanisms that restrict journalistic practices, in particular, investigative journalism, and addresses how ambiguities over the boundaries of acceptable coverage become effective and translate into Iranian journalists’ conduct.


Researcher Banafsheh Ranji has a PhD in media and communication from the University of Oslo. Her field of research includes sociology of journalism with a particular focus on politically restrictive contexts. She is currently in a teaching and research position at the University of Oslo.


If you have any questions concerning the seminar, please contact our CIMS coordinator, Alexandra H. Koritzinsky, either by email: a.h.koritzinsky@ikos.uio.no, or at: (+47) 957 21 103.

Published Jan. 23, 2020 3:02 PM - Last modified June 3, 2020 9:30 AM