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United States
The University of Arizona
Freedom of Information, access to information, democratic transitions, conflict zones, press-state relations, public corruption, democratic institutions, freedom of expression.
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Research focuses on influences of globalization on news media systems, government information policy, press-state relations, democratic institutions, freedom of expression and access to information in countries in conflict and political transition, and formal and informal institutions related to the policy issue of public corruption.

Recent Publications
  • González de Bustamante, C., & Relly, J.E. (2015). Professionalism under the threat of violence: Journalism, self-reflexivity, and the potential for collective professional autonomy. Journalism Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2015.1006903
  • • Relly, J.E., Zanger, M., & Fahmy, S. (2015). Democratic norms and forces of gatekeeping: A study of influences on Iraqi journalists’ attitudes toward government information access. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 92(2), 346-373.
  • •Relly, J.E., Zanger, M., & Fahmy, S.  (2015).  News media landscape in a fragile state: Professional ethics perceptions in a post-Ba’athist Iraq. Mass Communication and Society, 18(4), 471-497.
  • •Relly, J.E., Zanger, M., & Fahmy, S.  (2015). Professional role perceptions among Iraqi Kurdish journalists from a ‘state within a state.’ Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 16(8), 1085-1106.
  • González de Bustamante, C., & Relly, J.E. (2014, online.  Forthcoming in print edition). Journalism in times of violence: Social media use by U.S. and Mexican journalists working in northern Mexico. Digital Journalism.
  • Relly, J.E., and González de Bustamante, C. (2014). Silencing Mexico: A study of influences on journalists in the northern states. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 19(1), 108-131.
  • Relly, J.E. (2012). News media constraints and freedom of information legislation in developing countries. International Communication Research Journal,  47(1-2), 2-25.
  • Relly, J.E. (2012). Freedom of information laws and global diffusion: Testing Rogers’s model.  Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly,  89(3), 431-457.
  • Relly, J.E. (2012). Examining a model of vertical accountability: A cross-national study of the influence of information access on the control of corruption. Government Information Quarterly,  29(3), 335-345.
  • Relly, J.E. (2011). Institutions of information access and constraint: The cases of China and India. In Y.C. Chen & P.Y. Chu (eds.), E-Governance and Cross-boundary collaboration: Innovations and advancing tools (pp. 247-269). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Relly, J.E. (2011). Corruption, secrecy and access-to-information legislation in Africa: A cross-national study of political institutions. In S.L.Maret (ed.), Research in Social Problems and Public Policy (pp. 325-352). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.
  •  • Relly, J.E., & Cuillier, D. (2010). A comparison of political, cultural, and economic indicators of access to information in Arab and non-Arab states. Government Information Quarterly, 27(4), 360-370.
  • Relly J.E. (2010). A study of E-government and political indicators in developing nations with and without access-to-information laws. In C.G Reddick (ed.), Comparative E-Government: An Examination of E-Government Across Countries (pp. 525-542). New York: Springer.
  • • Fahmy, S., Relly, J.E., & Wanta, W. (2010). President’s power to frame stem cell views limited. Newspaper Research Journal, 31(3), 62-74.
  • Relly, J.E., & Sabharwal, M. (2009). Perceptions of transparency of government policymaking. Government Information Quarterly, 26(1), 148-158.

Invited Academic Journal Articles and Scholarly Book Chapters

  • Relly, J E. and González de Bustamante, C. (2016). Periodistas en peligro: un studio de influencias sobre periodistas en el norte de Mexico. In C.del Palacio Montiel (ed.), Medios de comunicación, poder y violencia en las regiones de México. Veracruz, Mexico: Universidad Veracruzana. (Spanish translation of 2014 article in International Journal of Press/Politics).
  • González de Bustamante, C. and Relly, J.E. (2016). The practice and study of journalism in zones of violence in Latin America: Mexico, a case study. Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies, 5(1), 55-73.
  • González de Bustamante, C. and Relly, J.E. (Forthcoming). Violence against journalists, and the possibilities and promise for engaging the public and civil society: A historical perspective. In P. Gillingham, M. Lettieri, & B.T. Smith (eds.), The Press, Power and the Public Sphere in Mexico, 1910-2014. Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press.
  • González de Bustamante, C. and Relly, J.E. (Forthcoming). Use of social media along the northern Mexico border in violent times. In B. Franklin & S.A. Elridge (eds.), Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies. Oxford, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Relly, J.E., and Sabharwal, M. (2015). Perceptions of transparency of government policymaking: A cross-national study. In B.G. Peters and J. Pierre (eds.), Public Administration. Sage. Reprinted from article in Government Information Quarterly.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Mexico, U.S.

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