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CPJ free documentary and seminar on media freedom

Posted on: May 1, 2020 by Ian Murray

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will be hosting a discussion on press freedom and journalist safety in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CPJ, who have campaigning for the release of imprisoned journalists during the current Covid-19 crisis, have teamed with and the National Geographic documentary team who are behind “The Nightcrawlers” documentary.

The Nightcrawlers follows a determined group of photojournalists on their mission to chronicle the deadly battle against the Philippines’ drug epidemic and its tragic cost.

The group continues to cover the crisis under increasingly adverse conditions, as Amnesty International recently reported that President Duterte extended his ‘shoot to kill’ mandate in the midst of the pandemic. 

CPJ is documenting threats to press freedom during the COVID-19 pandemic, campaigning for the immediate release of jailed journalists through the #FreeThePress campaign, and distributing safety advice for journalists in over 40 languages.

Participants can  watch the documentary in advance for free on YouTube, and questions can also be submitted in advance of the panel after registration.

Panelists are: Raffy Lerma, Freelance photojournalist based in Manila; Maria Salazar-Ferro, CPJ emergencies director and Courtney Radsch – CPJ advocacy director

The online discussion will be held May 5 at 2 p.m. BST (9 a.m. EDT). Register here.