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The Role of NGOs in the Health of Communities:  Creative Partnerships 
Professional Responsibility in the News Media
19 Mar - 26 Mar, 2003
 Contemporary American Literature

Faculty:
Robert Giles (Chair) - Curator, The Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University, Cambridge
Jay Harris  
Govindasamy Reddy - Professor and Director, Sol Plaatje Media Leadership Institute, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
Frank Sesno - Professor of Public Policy and Communication, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia; Former Washington Bureau Chief and Anchor,CNN
Yasser Thabet - Broadcast Editor, Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel, Doha, Qatar

Abstract:
The Committee to Protect Journalists recently reported that 37 journalists were killed and 118 imprisoned in 2001. The numbers represent an alarming continuation of a pattern of attacks on the press, providing a grim reminder that freedom to report, publish, and broadcast comes at a high price in many parts of the world. In many emerging democracies the safeguards for protecting the press and assuring free and open discourse are typically repressed or ignored by the reigning powers. In other countries there are economic, social, or political pressures that can compromise media reporting. This session will explore the circumstances in which the press is in peril. Discussions will examine how the press itself might begin to counter such repression through establishing standards for ethical and professional behavior in carrying out journalistic responsibilities. Participants will be asked to contribute ideas for addressing repressive circumstances in their own countries as well as influencing greater openness and journalistic freedom in countries where it does not exist.

Session Faculty

Yasser Thabet
 
Govindasamy Reddy

 


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