Where: Opening session Greetings

When: Monday, May 25, 18:00-18:30

Dan_MeridorWho: Dan Meridor

Dan Meridor was born in Jerusalem in 1947, and holds a law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Meridor has been a Knesset observer to the Council of Europe and has published articles in academic journals. In March 2009 Meridor served in the Israeli government as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy. In 2014 he became the President of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Jerusalem Press Club.

Moti_SchwartzWho: Moti Schwartz

Moti Schwartz is the Director General of Mishkenot Sha’ananim, he is overseeing the various activities of The Mishkenot Sha’ananim Conference Center, Guesthouse and Cultural Center. Prior to his position at Mishkenot Sha’ananin. Mr. Schwartz served as Deputy Director at Beit Hatfutsot – the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, CEO at Ynet – Israel’s leading news portal, Director of content at Pelephone, Israel’s first mobile operator and VP at Jpost.com – Israel’s major English newspaper on-line.

Dalia DornerWho: Dalia Dorner

Dalia Dorner was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel from 1993 to 2004. In August 2006, she was appointed President of the Israeli Press Council. She teaches human rights at the Bar-Ilan University law faculty and holds Honorary Doctorates from the Weizmann Institute of Science (2005), and from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2008). She is an honorary member of the American Law Institute, avowed feminist and ardent defender of civil and human rights. She completed her law studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Jaroslav WlodarczykWho: Jarosław Włodarczyk

Jaroslav Wlodarczyk is the President of Press Club Polska (Warsaw), and the Secretary General of the International Association of Press Clubs (IAPC).

NirWho: Nir Barkat

Nir Barkat was elected in 2008 the 9th mayor of Jerusalem and reelected in 2013. Before becoming a Mayor, he served for 5 years as leader of the opposition in City hall. Prior to entering municipal politics, Barkat, in 1988, co‐founded BRM technologies, a pioneering software house and later venture capital firm that developed and marketed ground‐breaking anti‐virus software, now standard in personal computers throughout the world.

Who: Uri Dromi

Prior to becoming Director General of the Jerusalem Press Club, fulfilling a lifelong dream, Uri Dromi was director general of Mishkenot Sha’ananim Conference Center. Dromi served as the spokesman of the Rabin and Peres governments from 1992 to 1996, during the dramatic days of the Oslo process and the peace agreement between Israel and Jordan. From 1996 to 2007, he was director of publications and international outreach at the Israel Democracy Institute. A retired colonel, Dromi served in the Israeli Air Force from 1964 to 1989 and continued to fly in the reserves until 2003 after retiring from active duty. A frequent columnist for leading media publications, he is a book and opera reviewer for Israel’s daily Ha’aretz newspaper, has published three books, and authors a regular column, “Focus on Israel,” for the Miami Herald. He is a graduate of Ben-Gurion University.




Where: Remembering Daniel Pearl

When: Monday, May 25, 18:30-19:30

Asra Q. Nomani Who: Asra Q. Nomani

Asra Q. Nomani was born in Bombay, India in 1965 to a conservative Muslim family, worked as a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal for 15 years. After the 9/11 attacks she went to Pakistan to report for Salon magazine and there her colleague and friend Daniel Pearl was kidnapped while staying at her home in Karachi. Still hopeful, Nomani is editing a project to codify a new school of Islamic law, rejecting mainstream interpretations, including blasphemy laws, and espousing feminist, peaceful and liberal values, including free speech.

Dr. Noam Lemelshtrich LatarWho: Dr. Noam Lemelshtrich Latar

Dr. Noam Lemelshtrich Latar is Founding Dean of the Sammy Ofer School of communications at IDC Herzliya and the Chairman of the Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute. In years 2009–2012 he was the chairman of the Israeli association for Study of Communications. He received his doctorate in media from MIT and was one of the founders of the Community Dialog Project at MIT in the Human Machine Systems Laboratory. He was involved in establishing few media start-ups. His current research focuses on the effects of artificial intelligence algorithms and robotics on the media and the press.

WProf. Gadi Wolfsfeld ho: Prof. Gadi Wolfsfeld

Gadi Wolfsfeld holds the rank of full Professor of Communication at the Sammy Offer School of Communication at the Interdisciplinary Center. He held a joint appointment in political science and communication at the Hebrew University and served as the Chair of the department of communication. He is an expert on Israeli politics and the role of the press in the Arab-Israeli conflict and serves as a media consultant for a wide range of Israeli companies and organizations, the Israeli Defense Forces and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Professor Wolfsfeld has published dozens of articles on the topic and six books.




Where: Freedom of the Press Index

When: Tuesday, May 26, 10:00-11:00

Robert rubyWho: Robert Ruby

Robert Ruby is the director of communications for Freedom House. Before joining Freedom House, he was a correspondent in Europe and the Middle East for The Baltimore Sun and then the paper’s foreign editor. He was director of communications at the International Center for Transitional Justice and also the Revenue Watch Institute, both in New York. He is the author of non-fiction books about the Middle East and the Arctic.

Ruth eglashWho: Ruth Eglash

Ruth Eglash is a correspondent for The Washington Post in Israel and the West Bank. Originally from Britain, she has previously worked as an editor and reporter for The Jerusalem Post, as well as freelancing for numerous international publications. In 2010, Ruth won the United Nations X-Cultural Reporting Award for her work with a Jordanian journalist.




Where: Reporting from the War Zones

When: Tuesday, May 26, 11:30-13:00

Samer ShalabiWho: Samer Shalabi

Samer Shalabi started working in journalism in 1991 as fixer, then soundman and rose to cameraman and editing with MBC. He moved to CTV and from 2000 he has been working with CBC TV News, covering Israel, the PA, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain and Lebanon. He has worked on documentaries and teaches media related subjects. In 2001 he joined the Foreign Press Association (FPA) and realizing the importance of the organization. Samer has contributed greatly to the organization in dealing with all the relevant authorities to resolve crises and day to day problems.

Georges MalbrunotWho: Georges Malbrunot

Georges Malbrunot, the Middle East reporter for Le Figaro, the first French daily newspaper, has been covering the Middle East for 25 years. He was based in Jerusalem between 1994 and 2002 while in 2003 he moved to Bagdad where he stayed for a year and half until he was kidnapped with his colleague Christian Chesnot for 124 days. He wrote a dozen of books about the second intifada, Iraq, Al Qaida, Qatar and the Syrian crisis.

Peter Lerner

Who: Lt. Col. Peter Lerner

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner is the Israel Defense Forces Spokesman. He is in charge of strategy, leading the extensive outreach presence to the international media located within Israel, reacting to media inquiries and contingency planning, crisis communications and all IDF social media activities. Prior to this position he has been the senior field liaison officer for coordinating and facilitating international humanitarian aid operations and economic development programs in the Palestinian territories, and has also been posted as the Spokesman for the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories, at the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

Chems Akrouf

Who: Chems Akrouf

Chems Akrouf, former French intelligence services officer, specialized in counterterrorism, crisis management and solving of hostage-taking. He is the director of a program called “mastery and management of information” that he created with former intelligence experts and reporters. This gathering of both intelligence and journalism technics aims at training investigative journalists, providing them with the skills and abilities (including a safety program) enabling them to face different types of risks.

Gallagher FenwickWho: Gallagher Fenwick

Gallagher Fenwick has been with France 24, the French international news network, since its creation in 2006. He is currently its Middle East correspondent and he is based in Jerusalem. Before that he was posted in Los Angeles. He works both in French and English.

Ilene Prusher

Who: Ilene Prusher

Ilene Prusher is a journalist and novelist based in Jerusalem. She covered over 30 countries as a staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor from 2000 to 2010 – serving as the newspaper’s bureau chief in Tokyo, Istanbul and Jerusalem – and also covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is currently the Jerusalem correspondent for TIME, a blogger for Haaretz and the host of “Weekend Edition” on TLV1 Radio. She is also a lecturer in covering conflict at the IDC Herzliya.



Where: Are there Limits to the Freedom of the Press?

When: Tuesday, May 26, 14:00-15:30

Dr. Alick IsaacsWho: Dr. Alick Isaacs

Dr. Alick Isaacs is co-director of Talking Peace and teaches at the Rothberg School for overseases students at the Hebrew University. He is author of A Prophetic Peace: Judaism, Religion and Politics (Indiana University Press 2011). Alick lives in Jerusalem with his wife Shuli and their five children. Dr. Alick Isaacs is co-director of Talking Peace and teaches at the Rothberg School for Overseas Students at the Hebrew University. He is author of A Prophetic Peace: Judaism, Religion and Politics (Indiana University Press 2011). Alick lives in Jerusalem with his wife Shuli and their five children.

Mohammad Abu ObiedWho: Mohammed Abu Obied

Mohammad Abu Obied is a Qadi (judge) of the Shariah Court in Baqa, Israel. He has been judge of an Islamic court in Israel since 2005, dealing with family law concerning Muslims. He worked as lawyer prior to be appointed as a judge, and has worked as a director of al-Meezan human rights group. He gave lectures in Islamic law and ethics, and he is a well respected figure among Muslim groups and societies. He is a Graduate of Essex University Law School in England (1994), and holds a second BA in Islamic studies.

Dana WeissWho: Dana Weiss

Dana Weiss is the presenter of the weekend news on Channel Two Israel. Previously she was the host of “Meet the Press” on the same channel. She is also a documentary producer, investigative journalist and a lawyer. Weiss is a Guest Lecturer at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya.

Aidan White

Who: Aidan White

Aidan White is Director of the Ethical Journalism Network, the global organization of the world’s major media professional groups promoting ethics, good governance and selfregulation of journalism. White was General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists and helped create the world’s largest organization of journalists. He is a pioneer of international co-operation among media. He has been an adviser to the intergovernmental organizations, including the United Nations and its major agencies, on ethical journalism and regulation of media. He has written extensively on media policy, journalism and human rights.



Where: Freedom of the Press vs. Fighting Terror Effectively

When: Tuesday, May 26, 16:00-17:30

Prof. Susan HermanWho: Prof. Susan Herman

Prof. Susan N. Herman is President of the American Civil Liberties after having served on the ACLU National Board of Directors for twenty years, as a member of the Executive Committee for sixteen years, and as General Counsel for ten years. She currently teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Literature, Terrorism and Civil Liberties. Oxford University Press reissued her book, Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy, in paperback in 2014.

Dr. Ely KarmonWho: Dr. Ely Karmon

Dr. Ely Karmon is a Senior Research Scholar at The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya. He lectures on CBRN terrorism at the M.A. Counterterrorism Studies at IDC. His fields of research include international terrorism, WMD terrorism, political violence and extremism, racism and anti-emitism, and the strategic influence of terrorism and guerrilla in the Middle East and worldwide. He holds a license in International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Haifa University.

Steve LindeWho: Steve Linde

Steve Linde has been appointed editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post in July, 2011, after serving as managing editor, news editor and night editor at the paper over the past 14 years. He also served as director, editor, reporter and news reader for Israel Radio’s English News over a period of 21 years. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, he has graduate degrees in sociology and journalism, the latter from the University of California at Berkeley.

David_WitzthumWho: David Witzthum

David Witzthum earned his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1969–1972) and won a scholarship for graduate studies at the Collège d’Europe, in Bruges, Belgium, on European Integration. Witzthum received his M.A. degree from the Hebrew University (Political Science) and started research towards Ph.D. at the Hebrew University (2nd and final stage – of actual writing the dissertation on “the image of Germany in Israeli television, 1970 –1995”). He serves on the Advisory Board of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations.

Prof. Mordechai KremnitzerWho: Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer

PProf. Mordechai Kremnitzer is Vice President of Research at the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI). He is Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law and was Dean of the Faculty in 1990–1993. Prof. Kremnitzer has published extensively in the fields of criminal, military, and public law. In the years 2002–2004 he was the President of the Israeli Press Council.



Where: Fighters for the Freedom of the Press

When: Tuesday, May 26, 18:00-19:00

Aleksey SimonovWho: Aleksey Simonov

Alexey Simonov studied at the Moscow University, and spent a year in practice in Indonesia, editing and publishing Oriental books. He has workd for 20 year in TV and film studios. He was a member of the Presidential Committee for Protecting Human Rights and head of Jury for Sakharov’s Prize in journalism. Today Simonov is the head of Glasnost Defense Foundation. He wrote 6 books, edited and published more than 60
books dedicated to protection of the rights of journalists. In 2014 Simonov received a Freedom of Speech Award from IAPS.

Yavuz BaydarWho: Yavuz Baydar

Yavuz Baydar co-founded the independent media platform, P24, Punto24, to monitor the media sector of Turkey. He writes opinion columns in Turkish and in English for the daily Today’s Zaman, on Turkey’s domestic and foreign policy issues and media matters. Baydar received the Special Award of the European Press Prize (EPP), for ‘excellence in journalism’, which he shared with the Guardian and Der Spiegel in 2014. He recently completed an extensive research as a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School on self-censorship and growing threats to journalism in Turkey.

Liad MudrikWho: Dr. Liad Mudrik

Dr. Liad Mudrik has been a journalist in Galei, Tzahal for more than 15 years, hosting and editing news programs as well as documentaries. She now hosts the “Broadcasted University” program. Mudrik is also a cognitive neuroscientist at the Tel Aviv University, studying the neural basis of highlevel cognition.



Where: The New Journalism: How Digital Media Changed the Rules

When: Wednesday, May 27, 09:30-11:00

Prof. Paul EgglestoneWho: Prof. Paul Egglestone

Prof. Paul Egglestone is the Chair of Digital and Creative Technology and the Director of Media Innovation Studio, University of Central Lancashire. A former independent TV producer working for BBC, ITV and Sky, Paul now focuses on digital storytelling. He established The Media Innovation Studio and has worked with journalists on projects addressing the challenges posed by digital convergence. As part of this work he developed a major cross platform narrative training programmer with the BBC called inFUZE. In 2010 he was identified as a leading innovator in journalism and media.

David HorvoitzWho: David Horovitz

David Horovitz is the founding editor of The Times of Israel, former editor of The Jerusalem Post and The Jerusalem Report. He has written from Israel for newspapers around the world and is a frequent interviewee on CNN, the BBC, Sky, NPR and other TV and radio stations. Horovitz lectures worldwide on Israeli current affairs and regularly giving the introductory briefing on Israel to Congressional delegations brought to Israel under the aegis of AIPAC. In 2014, he was awarded Bnai Brith’s lifetime achievement journalism award.

Dr. Tehila AltshulerWho: Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler

Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler is a Research Fellow at IDI, where she heads the Media Reform project and the Open Government project. Her work at IDI includes research on policy implementation. During 2011, Dr. Altshuler headed the research and development department of the Second Authority for Radio and Television, which is the Israeli media regulator. Her main academic interests are media and telecom regulation. She has published books, articles and policy papers on matters of media and new media policy. She holds an LLB (summa cum laude) and PhD from the Law Faculty at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.



Where: Editors Club

When: Wednesday, May 27, 09:30-11:00

Aluf BennWho: Aluf Benn

Aluf Benn is the Editor-in-Chief of Haaretz. He held several writing and editing positions in the newspaper, including diplomatic correspondent, chief news editor and opinion editor. As a reporter in the field of national security since 1986, he has fought government secrecy and censorship, winning a landmark Supreme Court case on press freedom in 1989, exposing the worst corruption case in the IDF history, and publishing the secret intelligence budgets and the details of a hushed-up Israeli-Iranian legal battle over billions of dollars.

Andrea RizziWho: Andrea Rizzi

Andrea Rizzi was born in Rome, 1975. He is the Foreign Desk Editor at EL PAÍS, where he has been working since 2005. As a reporter, he has covered news for the paper in 20 countries, including international summits and negotiations, terrorist attacks, elections and natural disasters. He is a specialist in security and strategic issues.

Sebastian LacunzaWho: Sebastián Lacunza

Sebastián Lacunza (Buenos Aires, 1972) is editor-in-chief of The Buenos Aires Herald. He has worked as a journalist since 1997 and covered news events in several countries across Latin America, Europe and North America. Lacunza also worked as a correspondent for Il Manifesto (2007 – 2012), served as a contributor for Inter Press Service news agency and co-wrote the book “Wiki Media Leaks Latin American media and governments under the prism of WikiLeaks” (2012). He is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and the University of Basque Country

Souheil KarramWho: Souheil Karram

Souheil Karram is the founder and owner of Ashams Radio, the leading Arabic Radio station authorized by the Israeli Second Authority for TV and Radio. Karram was born and raised in Nazareth and completed his academic studies in Israel and abroad, mainly in political psychology. Karram is an entrepreneur, and amongst other things he established institutions for mentally disabled people and recently started new projects in the field of tourism. Karram believes that political and social activism is a fundamental part of every successful career and a way of life.

Jodi RudorenWho: Jodi Rudoren

Jodi Rudoren has been the Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times since May, 2012. In 17 years at The Times, Jodi has served as education editor, deputy Metropolitan editor and Chicago bureau chief; she also covered the 2004 presidential campaign. Jodi grew up in Newton and earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University.



Where: Discussing Charlie Hebdo

When: Wednesday, May 27, 14:00-15:00

Solene chalvonWho: Solène Chalvon

Solène Chalvon has started to collaborate with Charlie Hebdo five years ago. As she was finishing an NGO work field in Afghanistan, she stayed to write a weekly story for Charlie from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Ivory
Coast and more. She joined one year ago the newspaper Liberation as a permanent correspondent in West Africa. After the attack of January 7th, she moved back to Paris to join the surviving editorial staff.

Eva IllouzWho: Eva Illouz

Eva Illouz, professor of sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was the first woman to be elected as President of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. She received her PhD in communications and cultural studies at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. In 2009, she was chosen by the German leading newspaper Die Zeit as one of the 12 thinkers most likely to “change the thought of tomorrow.”




Where: Tour of the Horizon

When: Wednesday, May 27, 15:30-17:00

Gwen AckermanWho: Gwen Ackerman

Gwen Ackerman has been covering Israel and the Palestinians since before the first day of the first intifada in 1988, working for organizations including ABC News, The Associated Press and Reuters. For the past decade she has been at Bloomberg News, where she is the bureau chief.

DamianWho: Damián Pachter

Damian Pachter is an Israeli-Argentinian journalist. He lived in Buenos Aires and fled to Israel after breaking the news regarding the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman last January, following a persecution against him. Pachter has a BA in International Relations and he worked for the BBC, AP and Haaretz.

Qerim ondoziWho: Qerim Ondozi

Qerim Ondozi is a graduate of English Language and Literature. He has been working in the field of civil society and media and from 2002 to 2004 he worked in a local radio station as newsman and talk show presenter. Between 2009 and 2012 he has worked in different civil society organizations dealing with minority rights, arts and human rights. Since 2012 he is PR and project officer of Press Council of Kosovo. He is responsible for communication, fundraising and project management.


Who: Samson Kamalamo

Samson Kamalamo is a journalist working with Changamoto Newspaper (A Weekly paper published in Swahili Language). He had been a journalist since 1995, reporting for Swahili language newspapers in Tanzania. Currently he is a member of the Executive Committee of Dar es Salaam City Press Club (DCPC) which is working under the umbrella of the Union of Tanzania Press Clubs (UTPC).

StanisWho: Stanis Nkundiye

Stanis Nkundiye is a senior journalist and an engaged Defender of the rights of journalists. He is Secretary General of the Journalists union in DRC (SNPP), President of the Central Africa Journalists Association (USYPAC), Treasure of  the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) and Fighting against impunity in Africa.

RamkrishnaWho: Ramkrishna Karmacharya

Ramkrishna Karmacharya is working on professional rights, welfare and security. He has been the executive member of International Organization of Journalists and was the Secretary of Afro-Asian Peoples Solidarity Committe, Nepal. Karmacharya had demanded 50% discount in air fare and life insurance for the journalism profession, being highly risky and sensitive. He says that he will go on working for the development of society till his death. Karmacharya has Higher Diploma in Journalism from Moscow and has traveled to different countries in his capacity of journalist.

SasaWho: Sasa Leckovic

Sasa Lekovic has been a journalist for 36 years. He used to hold all positions in local and national print media in Croatia. From 2003, as a freelance journalist, he has been running the Investigative Journalism Center active all over South East Europe. Lekovic worked with a hundreds of journalists and journalism students from SEE countries, Armenia and Nigeria and also served as a trainer and media adviser for Council of Europe, OSCE, UN and other international organizations. He is teaching investigative journalism at the Faculty at VERN (Zagreb) and the Faculty of Media and Communications (Belgrade).

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Who: Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh is a respected Liberian journalist, media advocate and defender with practicing experience since 2001. He is the Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia, currently freelancing and blogging. He is a UN Media Fellow and Award-winning journalist, and holds a BA Degree in Mass Communication and Diploma in Journalism.

Who: Dr. Siriam kannekanti

Dr. Sriram Kannekanti has 15 years’ experience in media and the development sector, associated with government, academia, media, research and consulting organizations. He was involved in different development and media projects. He was recipient of Netherlands Fellowship and Government of India’s meritorious fellowship, receive PhD in Communications and Journalism from Osmania University, Hyderabad. He is UN expert on Governance and Civil Society issues, editor and publisher of BHAGASWAMYAM (adevelopment magazine on governance and civil society) and the executive director of PROCESS (a civil society organization).

Who: Eugene Jokhidze

Eugene Jokhidze is the Vice-President of the Independent Association of Georgian Journalists, Coordinator of an EU regional project in Georgia titled Media Development in South Caucasus Region and a media trainer. In the past he was Editor-in-Chief of several Georgian newspapers in English, including Georgian Journal, Saqartvelo XXI, Black Sea Business, Georgian Business Week and Echo.

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Who: Dr. Nidara Ahmetaševic

Dr. Nidara Ahmetaševic is a journalist and independent scholar. Her fields of interest are democratization and media development in post conflict society, transitional justice, process of facing the past, media, political propaganda and human rights. She has been awarded with Chevening Scholarship, Ron Brown Fellowship for Young Professionals, as well as UNICEF Keizo Obuchi award. She writes about human rights, war crimes, and international affairs. In 2013, together with two colleagues, Nidara established the Open University Sarajevo, a platform for public discussions, social, artistic, political alternatives and informal education.


Who: Dr. Olga Kravtsova

Dr. Olga Kravtsova is the founder and director for Journalism Advancement and Support Center, administrative director for the Center for New Media and Society, and former director for the Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations. Since 2007, she’s been Russia’s Country Coordinator for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and has been elaborating and conducting programs of psychological support and education for reporters covering traumatic situations. She hold a PhD in psychology.

Who: William Oloo

William Oloo is the Chairman of Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA), which advocates for the rights of   freelance journalists in Kenya.
A journalist with over 20 years’ experience and also the Press Freedom Coordinator for the Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA).

Lungu M'thetoWho: Lungu M’theto

Lungu M’theto was Elected President of the Journalists Union of Malawi (JUMA) after working for close to 15 years as reporter, editor, designer, columnist and cartoonist. Today he serves as the Public Relations Officer of the Malawi Council of Churches (MCC), in the country’s capital Lilongwe. He has been consulted by government agencies and civil society groups on information technology and advocacy issues, relating to democracy and human rights. M’theto writes extensively on the role of the media in democracy and human rights, with a special focus on children and women.

Emile tourayWho: Emile Touray

Emile Touray started his journalism career at the Foroyaa newspaper, Serrekunda, and from there he proceeded to Citizen FM Radio and the Daily Observer newspaper. He quit the Daily Observer newspaper in June 2001 because the management of the paper attempted to interfere with the editorial independence of the paper. He rejoined the Foroyaa newspaper as a sub-editor. In November 2006, he became a correspondent for the Dakar-based Africa Press Agency and in March 2014, he became a correspondent for AFP news agency.

Munkhburen DashWho: Dash Munkhburen

Dash Munkhburen is a lawyer and a member of the Mongolian Bar Association. She has been working at Globe International Center – a nonprofit NGO. She has produced more than 20 publications, fliers, handbooks and citizen`s guidebooks and has translated the handbook for journalists: Free and Fair, under the US Embassy funding. She has published 8 newspaper articles and presented around 30 presentations in seminars, round table discussions and symposiums.

Ram Prasad DahalWho: Ram Prasad Daahal

Ram Prasad Daahal has been working as journalist for 20 years in various media outlets such as the National News Agency and others. He is a part-time journalism teacher of Tribhuwan University, founder of Online Journalist Association, Society of Economic Journalists-Nepal and is associated with the National Union of Journalists and the Federation of Nepalese Journalists. He was fired in 2005 from Rajdhani National Daily due to his belief in press freedom, democracy and human rights, and his opposition to the autocratic rule of the King.