Panelists Call for More Action to Protect Journalists Worldwide

The OPC, Bloomberg LLP and the Ford Motor Company co-sponsored a discussion about journalist safety on Dec. 16 with a panel of journalists and press freedom advocates.

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Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, told attendees that many of the worst jailers of journalists around the world are allies of the U.S.

“They’re countries like Egypt – which is the second leading jailer of journalists – Turkey, Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia. These are countries where the U.S. has significant influence, and it should be exercising that influence.”

The panel also included Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite, Lithuania’s permanent representative to the UN; Anna Therese Day, a freelance journalist and a founding board member of the Frontline Freelance Register; and Gregory D. Johnsen who recently left Istanbul, where he was writer-at-large for BuzzFeed News, and was nearly kidnapped in Yemen.

OPC Governor Lara Setrakian, Co-Founder & CEO of News Deeply, moderated the discussion.