Press Freedoms in Decline: How Threats Against the Media Have Evolved Over the Past 15 Years
Sponsored by: Columbia GFoE and Media Defence
In this roundtable, moderated by Carlos Gaio, CEO of Media Defence, we will discuss the various and worrying legal threats journalists have faced over the past 15 years. Media Defence was created in 2008 to respond to a growing need: to provide legal support to journalists and independent media globally. We will discuss the type of threats and lawsuits that some of our panelists have faced over the years, how legal harassment and methods to silence journalists have evolved, what the threats look like now and what can be done to counter these, so that journalists can continue to report, freely.
- Hawley Johnson, Associate Director, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression
- Carlos Gaio, CEO of Media Defence
- Aryeh Neier, Human Rights Activist and Co-founder of Human Rights Watch
- Khadija Ismayilova, Azerbaijani Investigative Journalist, UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize Winner
- Dariia Opryshko, Media lawyer and author from Kyiv, Ukraine
- Fatu Camara, Gambian Journalist
- Dana Green, Senior Counsel for The New York Times
Dr. Hawley Johnson is the Associate Director of Columbia Global Freedom of Expression. Since 2014 she has managed the development of the Case Law Database which hosts analyses of seminal freedom of expression court rulings from more than 130 countries.
Aryeh Neier is an American human rights activist who co-founded Human Rights Watch and served as the president of the Open Society Institute. He is a former National Director of the American Civil Liberties Union and adjunct professor of law at New York University.
Dana Green is Senior Counsel at The New York Times Company. She advises on newsroom matters, including newsgathering and investigations, conducts prepublication review, and litigates libel, Freedom of Information, intellectual property, and other matters.