Tuesday, September 20
The Fourth Estate Room, National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20045
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Registration & Light Breakfast
Sasha Toperich, TLN Executive Vice President
Kara C. McDonald, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
U.S. Department of State
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
In Memoriam to Journalists Killed
Jen Judson, President, National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Rule of Law and the Media: How Best to Protect Journalists
In certain regions, the lack of proper follow-up by law enforcement and the judiciary has become a new normal. For 2018 in Europe, there were 26 alerts where state authorities failed to identify, prosecute or punish those responsible for crimes against journalists, including 17 individual cases involving murder. In addition to a lack of legal enforcement, laws that threaten to criminalize journalism as defamation continues to threaten journalistic integrity. This panel will look at the legal framework which allows would-be assailants to operate with impunity, and how a faulty rule of law can lead to the repression of media.
Shaun Waterman, Cybersecurity Correspondent, Newsweek, TLN Media Fellow
Vanda Felbab-Brown, Director, Initiative on Nonstate Armed Actors / Co-Director, Africa Security Initiative,
The Brookings Institution
Abderrahim Foukara, Al Jazeera, Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief
Jessica Jerreat, Press Freedom Editor, Voice of America
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Illiberal Democracy: Editorial Independence and Europe
Despite media regulations that European Union member states and other European democracies have put in place, governments of certain European countries used repressive laws and organizational capture to influence media in the government’s favor. This panel will explore the challenges journalists and media face in these countries, and what can be done to protect the press in illiberal democracies.
András Simonyi, non-resident Senior Fellow – Atlantic Council
Enric Borràs, Managing Editor, ARA Newspaper, Spain
Željko Ivanović, CEO and former Editor-in-Chief, Vijesti.me, Montenegro
Mujo Selimović, Oslobodjenje Media Group, Bosnia and Herzegovina
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Role of the Media in the Arab Springs: What’s Next?
Though the media played a key role in mobilizing protests during the Arab Spring, they also played a key role in the faltering transition processes that followed as conflicts sprang up in the ensuing power vacuums in parts of the region. Instead of supporting the crafting of new identities and institutions, or holding emergent regimes to account, the media contributed to social polarization, discontent, and the doubling-down of authoritarian forces. Transnational broadcasting, pervasive social media, and division over Islamist movements all contributed to the debilitating role of media in the post-Arab Spring environment.
Kristina Arriaga, Meta Oversight Board, Trustee, TLN Distinguished Fellow
Wael El Shaar, Interview Producer, Al Hurra TV, MBN (Middle East Broadcasting Networks Inc.)
Frank Musmar, Researcher, Begin Sadat Research Center for Strategic Studies
Joel Starr, TLN Senior Fellow