Press Freedom: Lessons Learned From Around the World

September 13, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Knight TV Studio
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Press Freedom: Lessons Learned From Around the World @ Knight TV Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Please join us for an interactive discussion on the importance of a free and independent press. The panel will include journalists who have faced persecution and intimidation in various parts of the world. In addition to hearing a first-hand account of their harrowing experiences, we’ll also discuss the state of press freedom around the globe.

Panelists include:

  • Martin Mendez, a journalist from Mexico, which is currently among the deadliest nations for working journalists. Mendez has received death threats as a result of his reporting and has tried – unsuccessfully thus far – to gain asylum in the U.S.
  • Tim Crews, editor/publisher of The Sacramento Valley Mirror, a semiweekly newspaper in Willows, Calif. The paper has received death threats for reporting on a local murder. A noose also was left at its office.
  • Simegnish “Lily” Y. Mengesha, an Ethiopian journalist who is seeking asylum in the U.S as a result of threats over her reporting, particularly on harassment and government action against journalists in her own nation.
  • A representative of Reporters Without Borders, one of the most active international groups working to protect journalists worldwide and seeking the release of those wrongly imprisoned or being held by terrorists or criminal gangs.

This program is co-presented by Digital Content Next and the Newseum Institute.


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