29 June: Legal protections for journalists worldwide? (Partner event)

A debate marking the launch of The Defence Handbook on Freedom of Expression, a guide to laws that protect freedom of expression worldwide.

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Photo: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Six months after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, journalists face more threats than ever before, from harassment to imprisonment to murder – since the beginning of the year, 50 journalists have been killed.

While some countries, like Norway, have scrapped blasphemy laws to strongly assert freedom of speech, others such as the UK are increasing state surveillance and censorship to “protect citizens from violence”. How can international law protect journalists in this challenging and unique context? Is it possible to strike a balance between security concerns and freedom of expression? Is the right to free speech an absolute one?

Join the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Reporters Without Borders and Paul Hastings LLP for a panel debate featuring:

  • John Lloyd,  Reuters Institute and Financial Times
  • Prof Timothy Garton Ash, Oxford University
  • Sylvie Kauffmann, Le Monde
  • William Bourdon, Paris Bar and Association Sherpa
  • Jodie Ginsberg, Index on Censorship

When: Monday 29 June, 6:00pm (followed by drinks reception & canapés)
Where: Edelman, London, SW1E 6QT (Map/directions)
Tickets: Free, book here




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