Throughout Africa journalists are being harassed, threatened, and killed for doing their jobs. Though polls show that most Africans support free media and democratic institutions, many self-serving African political leaders are trying to reverse democratic gains by repressing media freedom. For World Press Freedom Day, the Center for International Media Assistance is bringing together some of the leading independent journalists in Africa to highlight their resistance against repressive governments throughout the continent. This daylong event will feature panels on digital media, investigative journalism, and the international community’s role on the continent. It will conclude with the premiere of a film produced by the Nairobi-based InformAction, entitled Guidebook to Impunity, and a networking reception sponsored by Freedom House and the Open Society Foundations.
Featured participants include Congresswoman Karen Bass; Ambassador Princeton Lyman; Maini Kiai, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of freedom of assembly and association; and journalists from Ethiopia, Burundi, The Gambia, Sudan, DRC, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria. For more information, please visit the event page.
When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
1025 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004