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Violent threats to journalists on conference agenda

13 September 2017


Attacks on press freedom worldwide including violence against journalists will be a pivotal topic of discussion at the upcoming Society of Editors ‘Fighting for real news’ conference in November.

The importance of press freedom and ongoing clampdowns on freedom of expression in Turkey and Hungary alongside violence used against journalists in Mexico will lead the discussion.

The session will hear from Yavuz Baydar, co-founder of P24, an independent media platform set up to   monitor the media sector in Turkey. Since the July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, more than 150 journalists have been arrested and jailed with 180 news organisations shut down under laws passed by presidential decree. 

Also confirmed include Andras Muranyi, Former editor of Nepszabadsag newspaper in Hungary. The paper was closed down amid government pressure in October 2016. Tim MacGabhann, a freelance journalist formerly based in Mexico City will discuss press freedom in Mexico. Jodie Ginsberg, Chief Executive of Index on Censorship will also join the panel.

Ian Murray, Deputy Executive Director of the Society of Editors said: “There has never been a more important time to talk about restrictions placed on freedom of expression worldwide. The Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index for 2017 made shocking reading – alongside an ongoing clampdown on press freedom and freedom of expression in Turkey and Hungary, Mexico remains one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. We look forward to furthering the discussion and hearing what more can be done to ensure the safety of journalists worldwide.”

High profile speakers already confirmed include the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, Assistant Commissioner and national lead on counter terrorism policing Mark Rowley, Google’s Managing Director in the UK and Ireland, Ronan Harris, Chris Evans, Editor-in-Chief and Head of Content at the Telegraph Media Group, Simon Jenkins, former editor of the London Evening Standard and The Times, Aine Kerr, Manager of Journalism Partnerships at Facebook and Peter Barron, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Google.

The conference is sponsored by Camelot, which has sponsored the Society of Editors since 2001, United Utilities, Google, BBC News, JTI,  Foot Anstey, PCS, NLA Media Access, Waitrose, Cambridge News, Press Assocation, Visit Cambridge and Beyond and HoldTheFrontPage. 

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