“Live to Tell” – Invitation to debate safety of journalists

The International News Safety Institute (INSI) invites you to a critical debate on the safety of journalists under current and future threat.

INSI, a non-profit charity backed by a unique coalition of concerned news organisations, humanitarian groups and individual journalists, seeks to help colleagues survive all kinds of hostile environments, from killings and kidnappings to warfare and natural disasters. It is the only journalist organisation in the world solely focused on safety.

In the past seven years the threats have multiplied and circumstances surrounding reporting have changed. Technology takes journalists ever closer to danger, citizen journalism and the new media expose many newcomers to the threats the professionals have long faced, the Internet makes journalists dispensable to criminal groups that once needed them for publicity, kidnapping has proliferated — and impunity for the killers of journalists has encouraged more of the same.

INSI is reorganising to better address the issues. It aims to strengthen its regional ties to areas where many journalists work in daily danger, such as South East Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, while reinforcing its global information and safety training work.

It is holding a series of safety debates with leading media practitioners to focus on and analyse the issues of today – and prepare for tomorrow.

The next discussion will be in Athens, Greece, on 10 November 2010, the day before the annual News Xchange broadcaster convention. The event, Live To Tell, will be held at the Foreign Press Association 23, Academias Street Athens from 1000 to 1530. It will be followed by INSI’s Annual General Meeting at which members will be asked to approve a new Constitution to carry the organisation forward.

Keynote speaker is David Schlesinger, Editor-in-Chief of Reuters. He will be joined by Oliver Vujovic, Secretary-General of the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), Gavin Rees, Director of Dart Centre Europe, Reuters Chief Photographer Yannis Behrakis and other major press and broadcast figures.

The event will be presented by global media figure Elizabeth Filippouli, former presenter and correspondent for ERT, CNN and Al Jazeera.

Please come and add your experience and voice to help shape a safer future for journalists around the world.

RSVP by 30 October 2010 to:

Rodney Pinder, Director, email: rodney.pinder@newssafety.org

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