Everyday, journalists around the world put their freedom, safety and reputation on the line. From exposing corrupt government practices to criticising crackdowns, reporters risk persecution and imprisonment, threats of violence and excessive force for their work. In situations of such duress, what options do journalists have to protect themselves and their families? Between 2008 and 2013, the number of international journalists who escaped their dire situation reached just over 450, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Can exiled journalists continue to expose injustices and serve the public good back home? What challenges do exiled journalists have in adjusting to their new lives? How do exiled journalists orchestrate their escape from such danger?
To explore these questions, CIGI and the Canadian International Council (CIC) Waterloo Region Branch are proud to present the seventh annual media panel, “Journalists in Exile: The Fight for Free Expression.”