This conference features high level representatives of news organizations to share good practices on the safety of journalists and more proactively highlight the issue of journalist safety. CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch will participate in the panel, "Safety for Community, Regional and Local Media" from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The War Zone Freelance Exhibition gives an exclusive look into the work and world of freelance journalists covering wars and conflicts in the Middle East. The project is motivated by the desire to pay tribute and provoke debate on the important and consequential role freelance journalists play in bringing news out of conflict areas to the international public, often with little support, on their own expense and at extremely high risk.
After spending years working alongside other freelance colleagues, American photojournalist Osie Greenway, Danish writer and reporter Anne Alling, Dutch videographer and photojournalist Jeffry Ruigendijk, and German writer and photojournalist Benjamin Hiller, propose an exhibition that pulls people deep into the reporting process; educates on the people who have been affected by war in the Middle East region; and highlights both the struggles and triumphs of working independently in a high-stakes vocation.
On January 29, view the exhibit and then join the WZF team for a panel discussion on today's freelancers and the future of the profession, with Jean-Paul Marthoz of the Committee to Protect Journalists, as well as a representative from Frontline Freelance Register.
The Committee to Protect Journalists will take part in a joint press conference on Turkey's press freedom record, alongside Reporters Without Borders and the European Federation of Journalists. The press conference, "EU must stop its double standards with Turkey," will be held in Brussels on December 15, 2015.
CPJ's EU correspondent Jean-Paul Marthoz, along with Johann Bihr, from Reporters Without Borders, and Mehmet Koksal, from the European Federation of Journalists, will discuss EU policies toward Turkey in light of its worsening press freedom record and will call on the EU to ensure protection of journalists' rights in Turkey remains a key part of negotiations as the country applies for EU member status.
The event corresponds with the release on December 15 of CPJ's annual prison census. It also relates to CPJ's special report on press freedom in the EU, which was released earlier this year.
The Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation, The Public Interest Registry (PIR) and The Internet Policy Forum of the Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) are hosting a 3 event series of the Pathfinder Initiative about Building Internet Capacity for Non-Profits and NGOs. This kick-off event, December 14, will focus on Internet Security, with CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch as a member of the panel.
Courtney Radsch - The Committee to Protect Journalists
Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is a journalist, researcher, and free expression advocate. She previously worked for UNESCO's Section for Freedom of Expression and as senior program manager for the Global Freedom of Expression Campaign at Freedom House, where she led advocacy missions to more than a dozen countries. She has also worked for Al-Arabiya in Dubai, the Daily Star in Lebanon, and The New York Times. Follow her on Twitter @courtneyr.
Dr. Katherine Albrecht - Startmail
StartMail is built by the people behind StartPage and Ixquick, the world's most private search engines. Startmail's mission is to make email protection, security, and privacy available to everyone. Dr. Albrecht is a respected expert in the privacy arena, with a decade of experience as a researcher and activist.
Christian Dawson - Internet Infrastructure Coalition
Christian Dawson was a founder of the Save Hosting initiative, designed to galvanize web hosting providers in matters of public policy, and is currently Chairman and co-founder of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition. He is a staunch advocate for Internet freedom as a tool for social and economic growth by fostering the growth and expansion of the Internet infrastructure industry.
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the Senate Human Rights Caucus for a briefing and dialogue with the 2015 recipients of the Committee to Protect Journalists International Press Freedom Award.
Journalists foster accountability through their reporting on politics, crime, corruption and human rights abuses. However, in many countries journalists work in a climate of fear, intimidation and censorship generated by repressive governments and, increasingly, by illegal non-state actors and criminal organizations.
Next month, Fair Trials is hosting an event in Washington, D.C. with Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute, examining the way that INTERPOL is being misused by countries around the world to persecute refugees, journalists and peaceful political demonstrators, to devastating effect.
In recent years, the use of INTERPOL's "wanted person" alerts has expanded vastly with over 120,000 now circulating across the globe. Unfortunately, as it has become easier for countries to obtain INTERPOL Red Notices, some have been used as an instrument for silencing dissent and exporting repression with devastating consequences.
Join us to discuss how INTERPOL is starting to address this problem which has been undermining its reputation as the global "good guys" in the fight against crime, and hear from people whose lives have been turned upside down by Red Notices, including:
Sherif Mansour, an Egyptian-American democracy and human rights activist working for the Committee to Protect Journalists, who was one of the 43 NGO workers charged in Egypt of operating without a license and receiving foreign funding, as part of a crackdown on independent civil society groups in the country.
The INTERPOL alert that followed was described by the US government as "politically motivated".
Benny Wenda, a West Papuan tribal leader who leads an international campaign for the people of West Papua. Due to his activities he was persecuted by the Indonesian government, subjected to torture and a politically-motivated prosecution before escaping and receiving asylum in Europe.
Despite being a recognised refugee, Benny found himself with a public Red Notice against him.
Lutfullo Shamsutdinov, a human rights activist and witness of the Andijan massacre. He was forced to escape Uzbekistan after reporting on the massacre, and was later granted asylum in the US.
He has been hunted since 2005 by the Uzbek authorities, who convinced INTERPOL to issue a warrant to detain him. Due to an INTERPOL alert, Lutfullo's life was put on hold for five years, unable to get a Green Card, and with it the right to work or travel in the US.
Patricia Poleo - an award-winning anti-corruption journalist and vocal critic of Hugo Chavez, subject to a Red Notice from Venezuela. Patricia had been brought before military tribunals several times within Venezuela, prompting the Inter-American Commission to recommend that measures be taken to ensure her safety.
Patricia was given asylum in the U.S. but was arrested on a trip to Peru due to a Red Notice.
On November 2, CPJ and Article 19 will host an event at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi for the International Day to End Impunity. Tom Rhodes, CPJ's East Africa representative, will speak on a panel with representatives from Article 19, the Media Council of Kenya and journalists from Kenya, Burundi, South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia.
Taking place on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, UNESCO; along with Centre for the Freedom of the Media (CFOM) - Sheffield University; PEN International; and Article 19 will host journalists, international lawyers, human rights figures and policymakers to share their understanding of the acute situation regarding the issue of impunity for crimes against journalists, as well as potential responses from each of the actors involved.
The event will involve two panels, one including first-hand accounts of violence and impunity as well as reflections on the causes of impunity in conflict and non-conflict areas/situations and a second focusing on representative cases, shortcomings in state responses, justice systems and political accountability, as well as suggested courses of action to combat and end impunity.
Do you believe the free flow of information must be protected? Sign the #RightToReport petition and demand that President Obama immediately:
1. Issue a presidential policy directive prohibiting the hacking and surveillance of journalists and media organizations.
2. Limit aggressive prosecutions that ensnare journalists and intimidate whistleblowers.
3. Prevent the harassment of journalists at the U.S. border.
Or click here to see the full petition, and join leading journalists like Christiane Amanpour, The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger, Editor of the AP Kathleen Carroll, and Arianna Huffington in signing on.