Lawyer and film-maker Jeremy Bliss, the cousin of journalist Christopher Allen who was killed in South Sudan in 2017, will address delegates at the Society Conference tomorrow.
Jeremy has been advising Christopher Allen’s family on legal matters, including instructing their legal team, co-ordinating early investigative work on the murder, lobbying and liaising with the media to pursue justice on behalf of Christopher’s family.
As well his legal campaigning work, Jeremy is currently directing a documentary about Christopher’s killing and how they are seeking justice.
Jeremy’s appearance at the Society’s Conference is particularly significant considering 94 journalists and media workers were killed last year (according to the International Federation of Journalists).
Christopher, a young reporter and photographer, was killed in South Sudan in August 2017. He wrote in combat zones including Ukraine, Turkey and Sudan.
Jeremy is currently working with Reporters Without Borders’ UK director Rebecca Vincent to bring the case to wider media attention.
The 20th Anniversary Conference marks 20 years of the Society defending media freedom and will take place at the historic Stationers’ Hall. Key names speaking include – the Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, Met Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, and editors from the frontline of global, national and regional newsrooms.
Due to the upcoming election, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon is unable to take part in the conference.
Jeremy Bliss is an Australian-British filmmaker, writer, and lawyer. Jeremy was Christopher Allen’s cousin and has supported Christopher’s family since the killing in matters including the repatriation, early investigative work, media coordination, lobbying and in instructing the legal team who work now to seek justice. Jeremy is a convener at More United and has contributed to the New Statesman and the Columbia Journalism Review. He is directing a documentary about the killing of Christopher and the road to justice.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, Sciences-Po and Tel Aviv University and was called to the Supreme Court of Australia in 2012.