Agneris is a law student focused on human rights at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). For the last four years, she has practiced freedom of expression law as a volunteer for Article 19 in Mexico. Agneris is currently a legal assistant for R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales. where she specializes in surveillance, censorship and data protection on the internet.
Jack is a postgraduate law student at City Law School in London. He completed his undergraduate and master’s studies in History at Oxford University. During that time, he edited the Oxford International Relations Society journal and had placements with the Guardian and the Times Educational Supplement. After university, he spent five weeks covering the U.S. presidential election in Washington, D.C., writing reports on how technology is affecting campaigning, journalism, and democracy. Barber then worked in political communications and intends to be a barrister, with a particular interest in public law, media and information law and human rights.
Madara is a law student at the University of Latvia, and has previously studied at the University of Salzburg and Free University of Berlin. She was one of the co-authors of the Latvian part of the ELSA Legal Research on Freedom of Expression, Protection of Journalistic Sources, and also wrote her Bachelor’s Thesis on Protection of Whistleblowers. Melnika has a keen interest in freedom of expression in the context of the digital age.
Kostiantyn is a freelance journalist. He has written for Ukrainian and international media, on topics of politics and global culture. He also has basic qualifications for conducting research in media-related fields. Yanchenko’s scientific interests include the phenomenon of media gloCalization, media literacy, and propaganda, and he is currently studying for a masters degree in Journalism, Media, and Globalization at Aarhus University, Denmark. Yanchenko speaks Ukrainian, Russian and English.
What is the youth advisory board?
The youth board is a specially selected group of young people aged 16-25 who advise and inform Index on Censorship’s work, support our ambition to fight for free expression around the world and ensure our engagement with issues with tomorrow’s leaders. The current members are sitting from January to June 2018.
Why does Index have a youth board?
Index on Censorship is committed to fighting censorship not only now, but also in future generations, and we want to ensure that the realities and challenges experienced by young people in today’s world are properly reflected in our work.
Index is also aware that there are many who would like to commit some or all of their professional lives to fighting for human rights and the youth board is our way of supporting the broadest range of young people to develop their voice, find paths to freely expressing it and potential future employment in the human rights, media, and arts sectors.
Maria is a 22 year-old graduate journalist from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She also studied Cinema and Photography at the International School of Photography of Barcelona. She worked as an ENG reporter in Barcelona’s Public Television, where she developed her writing and editing news tasks. Porta previously lived in Paris, France, where she learnt French. She plans to study a master’s program in Semiotics in the University of Bologna in order to pursue her interests in media speech and the strategies underlying communication processes.
Saba is a German law student at Free University Berlin, Germany. Thanks to her internship at the daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, she developed a keen interest in media and freedom of speech. There she wrote articles and attended sessions of the Senate. During Meshesha’s school career, she had the chance to attend St. Edward’s College in Malta for half a year and took part in creative writing classes. She also actively volunteers in the university’s diversity program [email protected] where she mentors refugees. As a result of her interest in comparative law and other cultures, Meshesha wishes to major in public international law.
Livia Fries is a second-year student at Cambridge University studying Politics and International Relations. She has experience in journalism, having worked with Politico, Le Figaro and Cambridge student newspaper, Varsity. These experiences have heightened her passion for free speech and led her to organise a series of talks on the matter with Reporters Without Borders and The Guardian. Fries is particularly interested in the effects of mass surveillance for free expression rights and hopes to develop this whilst working with Index on Censorship.
Elizabeth is a 16-year-old high school student in Rochester, New York. Through her involvement with her local model United Nations, she learned about global threats to free expression in the name of crime prevention. Meisenzahl has an interest in protecting free speech in the face of mass surveillance. As a student journalist, she is also interested in the importance of a free press to a free society. In the future, she hopes to practice law, focusing on civil liberties.