On April 26, The Washington Post and Reporters Without Borders held a conversation on freedom of press around the world, including a presentation of the 2017 World Press Freedom Index.
Program Highlights
Zaina Erhaim from the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, talks about the challenges of being a journalist inside Syria. She says the journalists in Syria are still finding ways to report and get their stories out to the public.
  • Apr 26
Erol Önderoglu, a Reporters without Borders representative in Turkey, talks about his time imprisoned and indicted in Turkey. And Tom Malinowski, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, describes the government's efforts to release journalists who have been imprisoned worldwide.
  • Apr 26
Ben Makuch is an award-winning national security reporter with VICE News in Toronto. He talks about his experience with the press freedoms in Canada. Makuch was asked to give up his sources and plans on going to the Supreme Court to challenge the gag order against him.
  • Apr 26
Tom Malinowski, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in the Obama Administration, talks about ways the government can support media and journalists in a safe and sustainable way. He says that advertising is one of the best ways to support the international media.
  • Apr 26
Reporters from Syria and Turkey talk about how autocratic regimes may be hacking and surveilling the media. They discuss the importance of following reliable news outlets and content.
  • Apr 26
Presenter
Delphine Halgand
Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Delphine Halgand has been working as the Director of the Washington, D.C. office for Reporters Without Borders since December 2011. She runs the U.S. activities for the organization and advocates for journalists, bloggers and media rights worldwide. Previously, she served as press attaché in charge of outreach at the French Embassy to the U.S. She has also worked as an economics correspondent for various French media (Le Monde, Les Echos, L’Express), focusing mainly on international politics and macroeconomic issues.
Speakers
Zaina Erhaim
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
Zaina Erhaim is an award-winning journalist working with IWPR as Syria project coordinator and trainer. She has been named among the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in 2016 by Arabian Business and one of the Unsung Heroes of 2016 by Thomson Reuters. She received Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression award in 2016, both RWB’s Press Freedom Prize and the Peter Mackler Award for Ethical and Courageous Journalism in 2015 along with Mustafa Al Husaine, awarded for the best article written by a young journalist.
Ben Makuch
VICE News
Ben Makuch is an award-winning national security reporter with VICE News in Toronto and the host of Cyberwar on VICELAND. Makuch is currently fighting Canadian federal authorities in court to protect his source materials relating to his interviews with an alleged Canadian Islamic State militant.
Tom Malinowski
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Tom Malinowski was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor under the Obama Administration from 2014 to 2017. Prior to that he was Washington Director for Human Rights Watch from 2001 to 2013. During the Clinton Administration, he served as Senior Director for Foreign Policy Speechwriting at the National Security Council, and as a speechwriter to Secretaries of State Albright and Christopher.
Erol Önderoglu
Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Erol Önderoglu has been an RSF representative in Turkey for more than 20 years, where he advocates for media freedom and journalists. He himself is on trial in Turkey for supporting and collaborating with a pro-Kurdish Daily. He is a member of the board of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) and often works with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and several other international organizations. He received the Turkish Journalist Association Press Freedom Award and the Dr. Erhard Busek SEEMO Award.
Interviewer
Dana Priest
Dana Priest is an investigative reporter whose work focuses on intelligence and counterterrorism. In her 28 years at The Washington Post, she has worked on the Metro, Foreign and National staffs. She covered the Pentagon for six years and the intelligence agencies for five. In 2006 she won The Pulitzer Prize in beat reporting.
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