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Reporting on Repressive Governments: How journalists overcome barriers to safeguard free speech and inform democracy

Barbara Demick, Journalism; Razia Iqbal, Journalism; Maria Ressa '86, Rappler; Carolyn Rouse, Anthropology

February 17, 2022 · 4:30 pm6:00 pm · Zoom and Livestream

Program in Journalism; Office of Communications; Department of Anthropology

Authoritarian regimes have burrowed in across Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Governments wield laws, the military, and the internet to restrict free speech and stifle debate. How can journalists succeed at rooting out facts and crafting the narratives necessary to inform citizens, fuel academic inquiry, and sustain democracy?

The Program in Journalism invites you to join us for this timely multi-disciplinary exploration, co-sponsored by the Princeton University Office of Communications and the Department of Anthropology.

The panelists:

Barbara Demick, visiting McGraw Professor of Writing; foreign correspondent and author

Razia Iqbal, visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism; anchor of the BBC’s Newshour

Maria Ressa ’86, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner; journalist and CEO of Rappler

Carolyn Rouse, Ritter Professor of Anthropology; chair of the Department of Anthropology

Discussion moderated by Joe Stephens, Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence and director of the Program in Journalism. Opening remarks delivered by Esther Schor, Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Professor of American Jewish Studies, Professor of English, and chair of the Humanities Council.

This event will take place online via Zoom. Attendees must register in advance.

Please email Margo Bresnen, Journalism Program Manager, at mbresnen@princeton.edu with any questions or difficulties.

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