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Thursday, November 16 • 15:45 - 17:00
Roundtable: Reporting under Repressive Regimes

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The statistics are grim: over 1250 journalists killed since 1992, thousands more assaulted and persecuted; 260 in prison and hundreds more threatened by onerous and misused libel and security laws; and nearly 500 exiled from their home countries since 2008. 

And yet we persevere. Indeed, journalists are digging deeper and asking tougher questions, in more places and with better tools, than ever before. Here are five compelling case studies -- from Iraq, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Russia -- of investigative journalists who are fighting the good fight for accountability, transparency, and an independent, professional news media.  

Moderators
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Keith Richburg

Director, Journalism & Media Studies Centre, Hong Kong University
Keith B. Richburg spent 34 years with The Washington Post as a reporter, editor and primarily a foreign correspondent. Starting as a summer intern and City Hall reporter, he moved to the Foreign Desk in 1986. He was the Post’s Bureau Chief for Southeast Asia based in Manila from 1986-90; Bureau Chief for Africa from 1991-1995; Bureau Chief for Hong Kong and Southeast Asia from 1995-2000, covering the Hong Kong Handover and the Asian economic crisis; Bureau Chief in Paris covering Western Europe and terrorism from 2000-2005; and Bureau Chief in China from 2010-2013, based in Beijing and Shanghai. Keith was also The Washington Post’s Foreign Editor from 2005-2007. He covered the war in Afghanistan, riding in on horseback with Northern Alliance troops in 2001, and reported on the 2003 invasion in Iraq and the Second Palestinian intifada on the West Bank and Gaza. | Keith’s coverage has won numerous awards, including two George Polk Awards, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His 1997 book, Out Of America, chronicles his travels across Africa. He has taught journalism at Princeton University and was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics... Read More →

Speakers
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Andualem Sisay Gessesse

Correspondent Journalist & Managing Editor, NATION Media Group & newBusinessEthiopia.comn
Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Andualem Sisay Gessesse has been working as journalist for both local and international publications since 2005. He studied Media and communications.  | Some of the local and international publications he has been writing for include: Capital newspaper of Ethiopia... Read More →
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Emin Huseynov

Chairman, Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety (IRFS )
Emin Huseynov is chairman of Azerbaijan's leading press freedom organisation, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), and the founder of award-winning online video channel Objektiv TV. | | In six months he was hiding at the Swiss embassy to avoid arrest after a crackdown by the authorities in his homeland against journalists and human rights activists. | | In June 2015 he was smuggled out of the country in a spectacular operation... Read More →
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Lawi Weng

seinor journalist, The Irrawaddy
Lawi Weng, an ethnic Mon journalist from Myanmar, was one of three reporters arrested by the Myanmar Army on June 26, 2017, as he returned from a documentation trip to the front line of the country’s long-running civil war. While in the conflict area, Lawi Weng had covered a dr... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 15:45 - 17:00
Wits Science Stadium - Auditorium 4 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,

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