Live to Tell: Debate on the Safety of Journalists

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David Schlesinger

David Schlesinger

Event Name: 
Live to Tell: Debate on the Safety of Journalists
Event Date and Time: 
10 November 2010 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Contact INSI
Event City: 
Athens, Greece

The International News Safety Institute is hosting a critical debate on the safety of journalists under current and future threat.

Keynote speaker is David Schlesinger, Editor-in-Chief of Reuters. He will be joined by Oliver Vujovic, Secretary-General of the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), Gavin Rees, Director of Dart Centre Europe, Reuters Chief Photographer Yannis Behrakis and other major press and broadcast figures.

The event will be presented by global media figure Elizabeth Filippouli, former presenter and correspondent for ERT, CNN and Al Jazeera.

INSI, a non-profit charity backed by a unique coalition of concerned news organisations, humanitarian groups and individual journalists, seeks to help colleagues survive all kinds of hostile environments, from killings and kidnappings to warfare and natural disasters. It is the only journalist organisation in the world solely focused on safety.

In the past seven years the threats have multiplied and circumstances surrounding reporting have changed. Technology takes journalists ever closer to danger, citizen journalism and the new media expose many newcomers to the threats the professionals have long faced, the Internet makes journalists dispensable to criminal groups that once needed them for publicity, kidnapping has proliferated -- and impunity for the killers of journalists has encouraged more of the same.

INSI is reorganising to better address the issues. It aims to strengthen its regional ties to areas where many journalists work in daily danger, such as South East Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, while reinforcing its global information and safety training work.

It is holding a series of safety debates with leading media practitioners to focus on and analyse the issues of today - and prepare for tomorrow.

Please come and add your experience and voice to help shape a safer future for journalists around the world.

For more information contact Rodney Pinder, Director Tel: +44 7734 709267 or Hannah Storm, Project Manager Tel: +44 20 7542 1063

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