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Thursday, 07 February 2013

IPI World Congress to tackle issue of journalists' safety

Promoting the safety of journalists is one of many hot topics to be discussed at the IPI World Congress 2013 in Amman, Jordan. 

VIENNA, Feb 7, 2013 – An unprecedented 133 journalists were killed at work or as a consequence of their reporting in 2012, the deadliest year on record for journalists worldwide. In Syria alone, at least 31 journalists and eight citizen reporters were killed while covering that country’s ongoing conflict. This increase in the death toll underscores the importance of the continuing struggle to promote journalists’ safety. How can the consensus for action among both international bodies and civil society be translated into change on the ground? What can media outlets do to promote best safety practices and provide better safety provisions for journalists and media staff working in dangerous environments?

Promoting the safety of journalists is one of many hot topics to be discussed at the IPI World Congress 2013 in Amman, Jordan.

Rodney Pinder, former director of the International News Safety Institute (INSI), will moderate the panel on Tuesday, 21 May.

Other confirmed speakers for the panel are:

  • Karl Bostic, producer, NBC News, UK; former chief, NBC News, Baghdad Office
  • May Chidiac, founder and president, May Chidiac Foundation Media Institute; former television anchor, Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC)
  • Anabel Hernández, investigative journalist and writer, Reforma and Proceso, Mexico.

Check our website for more information on our programme and a full list of speakers.

This panel discussion is supported by the Austrian Foreign Ministry and the Doha Centre for Media Freedom - DCMF.

Titled "Documenting Change – Empowering Media", the 2013 IPI World Congress will examine the many challenges, concerns and opportunities facing journalists in a rapidly changing media landscape – not only in the Arab world, but around the globe.

In addition to panel sessions on topics ranging from the state of media freedom in the region following the Arab Spring to the problems involved in covering Syria, from reporting on religion to the role of women in the media and criminal defamation, the two-day event will also feature a one-day workshop on "Using Social Media in News Coverage" and a special town-hall style debate on "Who is a Journalist?".

And our annual awards gala will honour IPI’s 2013 Free Media Pioneer and 64th World Press Freedom Hero, respectively.

This is the One Event of the Year You Should Not Miss!

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