A free press is an essential pillar of democracy, keeping governments accountable and citizens informed. Autocratic regimes seek to intimidate and silence the press by systematically targeting journalists. A muzzled independent media is powerless to prevent the domination of the state-driven news narrative and public misinformation.
Today, journalists in Russia and post-Soviet states risk intimidation, harassment, arrest, and even murder for their work. Those who criticize the government or investigate sensitive issues like corruption do so at their own peril. More often than not, cases remain unresolved and victims and families do not see justice.
This joint briefing by the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and the House Freedom of the Press Caucus will address key questions regarding journalists in Russia and other post-Soviet states: their important role and impact; concerns over their rights, safety, and protection; and future support and promotion of media freedom in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) region.
WHAT: Systematic Attacks on Journalists in Russia and Other Post-Soviet States
WHEN: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
WHERE: Senate Visitors Center, SVC-208
Opening remarks will be provided by the Co-Chairs of the House Freedom of the Press Caucus:
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH)
The following panelists are scheduled to speak:
Thomas Kent, President and CEO, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Amanda Bennett, Director, Voice of America
Nina Ognianova, Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
Karina Orlova, Washington DC Correspondent, Echo of Moscow
Name Stacy Hope