CPJ advocacy director testifies at HRC hearing on blasphemy laws and censorship

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing that will examine blasphemy laws, state censorship, actions by non-state actors, and other threats to freedom of expression around the world. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 14, 2016 at 2 PM and will take place at 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.

Blasphemy Laws and Censorship by States and Non-State Actors: Examining Global Threats to Freedom of Expression

Hosted by:

Joseph R. Pitts, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC


Panel I:

David N. Saperstein, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, U.S. Department of State

Panel II:

Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J., Chairman, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Panel III:

Vanessa Tucker, Vice President for Analysis, Freedom House

Nina Shae, Director, Hudson Institute Center for Religious Freedom

Karin Karlekar, Director of Free Expression Programs, PEN America

Courtney C. Radsch, Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

Wael Aleji, Spokesperson, Syrian Network for Human Rights

This hearing will be open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public and the media. For any questions, please contact Isaac Six (for Rep. Pitts) at 202-225-2411 or [email protected], or Stephanie Mellini (for Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or [email protected].gov

WHEN: Wednesday, July 14, 2016, 2:00 PM

WHERE: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515