Talkshow about the future of journalism with new moneymakers, captivating ideas, new solutions, and a positive vibe and energy. In this series, we dive into the field with international journalists, photographers, filmmakers, and scholars to speak about their emerging stories and the importance of journalism. This week is about journalism and safety: How to keep journalists safe? Especially in these uncertain and transformative times, reliable information and independent media are more important than ever!
At a time when the world’s attention is focused on the bleak economic forecasts and the health and climate crisis, independent journalists play a vital part in delivering reliable information to the public. However, the outlook for the survival of independent media is grim. Many media outlets worldwide are on the brink of bankruptcy due to the economic crisis, but also because of the failure of traditional business models. Besides that access to information is increasingly restricted in many countries, resulting in journalists facing physical threats and prosecution. If we want to ensure the survival of independent journalism, we need to act now! Because especially in these uncertain and trans-formative times, reliable information and independent media are more important than ever.
Jos Bartman is working as a research coordinator at Free Press Unlimited and recently finished his Ph.D. In his dissertation, he analyses the repression of journalists. He specifically looked at why and how subnational political elites repress journalists. For his research, he conducted fieldwork in Mexico’s and India’s most dangerous places for journalists. Currently, he works for the Safer World for the Truth team of Free Press Unlimited, which seeks to tackle the issue of impunity, which characterizes most journalist killings.
Rebecca Vincent is the Director of International Campaigns for Reporters Without Borders, known internationally as Reporters sans frontières (RSF), which works to promote and defend press freedom around the world. She is an American-British human rights campaigner, writer, and former diplomat with expertise in freedom of expression. Rebecca has coordinated a number of high profile international human rights campaigns. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and serves on the Advisory Council of the Foreign Policy Association, the External Advisory Council for the High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, and the Advisory Network of the Media Freedom Coalition. She holds an MA in Human Rights from University College London and has published widely.
Vlad Borisevich is a renowned photographer from the Belarusian Onliner.by portal who has been covering the protests from their start and himself experienced police violence. Onliner is an online platform visited by hundreds of thousands of Belarusians to buy in the catalog, post announcements, communicate on the forum, and read news and articles.