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Press conference9 February 2008

A dangerous time to be a journalist
Freedom of the Press worldwide

PRESS CONFERENCE

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A dangerous time to be a journalist

Freedom of the press worldwide

Reporters Without Borders’ 2008 Annual Report Presentation

Time: Noon - 1:30 pm Location: National Press Club - First Amendment Lounge, 13th floor 529 14th St., N.W., Washington, DC

On February 13, Reporters Without Borders will be releasing its Annual Report on the state of press freedom across the world. The year 2007 was a tough one for the media with more and more journalists killed or subjected to harsh punishments and with cases of censorship piling up. It is unlikely that the job of journalists will get any easier in the months ahead. Especially in view of the elections to be held this year in countries whose leaders distrust independent journalists and with the growing lack of inefficacy of press freedom defenders. This conference will address the press freedom situations in China (host of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the world’s largest prison for journalists), the United States (where an investigative journalist was killed in 2007), Pakistan (days before the February 18th parliamentary elections), Eritrea (ranked last in our most recent index), and Iraq, where over 200 journalists and media assistants have been killed since the conflict began in March 2003.

Lucie Morillon, Reporters Without Borders’ Washington Director, will present the report’s main findings and moderate the conference

Guest speakers will include:

He Qinglian Economist, journalist and author of "How the Chinese Government Controls the Media"

Milkias Mihreteab Eritrean journalist and editor of an independent weekly in Eritrea before the media crackdown in September 2001

Khalid Hasan US Correspondent for the Daily Times and the Friday Times, Lahore, Pakistan

Ayub Nuri Former correspondent in Iraq for Global Radio News and BBC World Service, currently journalist-in-residence at War News Radio

Paul Cobb Publisher of the Oakland Post, whose editor Chauncey Bailey was murdered last August. Bailey was investigating the finances of a local community network.

Open to the public. Please RSVP to rwb_dc2@rsf.org

Contact info: Lucie Morillon - 202 256 5613 - lucie.morillon@rsf.org



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