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Watchdog Conference

Watchdog Conference


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In many countries, investigative reporters face the threat of violence and physical harm. About a third of the nearly 700 journalists killed worldwide since 1992 were slain for exposing crime and corruption. In addition, the increasingly dangerous terrain for investigative journalism is a source of psychological stress for journalists. Bruce Shapiro, director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, will talk about psychological threats and the ways groups and individuals around the world have tried to counter those threats. Joel Simon, director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, will speak on campaigns to end impunity in the killings of journalists in Latin America, the Philippines and Russia. Kwame Karikari, head of the Media Foundation of West Africa (MFWA) as well as one of the founders of the Network of African Freedom of Expression Organizations (NAFEO) will represent African media concerns. Drew Sullivan will talk about cross-border investigations on crime and corruption in the Balkans.
Moderator: Josh Friedman, director of International Programs, Columbia Journalism School Bruce Shapiro, executive director, Dart Center: Trauma and threats to the psychological well-being of investigative reporters Joel Simon, executive director, Committee to Protect Journalists: Anti-Impunity Campaigns in Latin America, Russia and the Philippines Kwame Karikari, head of the Media Foundation of West Africa (MFWA): The Situation in Africa Drew Sullivan, advising editor, Center for Investigative Reporting, Bosnia; Director Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina : Transnational investigative reporting on crime and corruption in the Balkans