Impunity in the Killing of Journalists and Other Threats to Press Freedom Today Fri, 2015-03-20 19:26

On the 17th of March, Joel Simon and Elisabeth Witchel discussed the increasing threat presented to press freedom, news coverage, and the right of citizens to be informed. They talked about the modern dangers and constraints of journalism, and on the rising trend in which journalists around the world are targeted for their reporting on topical issues. Also touched upon is the fact that the suspected killers are often powerful figures in society who are rarely prosecuted, resulting in damaging consequences for the role of the media today. Joel Simon is the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and has written widely on media issues. He is a regular contributor to Slate and the Columbia Journalism Review, and his articles and commentary have appeared in the New York Review of Books, The New York Times, World Policy Journal, and other publications. Elisabeth Witchel has worked for the Committee to Protect Journalists for over a decade, where she launched the organization?s Journalist Assistance Program and Global Campaign against Impunity. She has presented at UNESCO, Council of Europe, and the UN Human Rights Council and served on panels in London, Manila, New York, and Paris.