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Defending Media Freedom

International event challenges repressive practices.
By IWPR
  • Zaina Erhaim (front row, fifth from left) at Lancaster House at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London, July 10 2019, with the Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland (on her left) and UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (centre) and Amal Clooney, UK envoy on media freedom. (Photo: Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
    Zaina Erhaim (front row, fifth from left) at Lancaster House at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London, July 10 2019, with the Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland (on her left) and UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (centre) and Amal Clooney, UK envoy on media freedom. (Photo: Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
  • IWPR’s Zaina Erhaim addresseds the first-ever Global Conference for Media Freedom held in London. (Photo: Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
    IWPR’s Zaina Erhaim addresseds the first-ever Global Conference for Media Freedom held in London. (Photo: Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

IWPR’s Zaina Erhaim addressed the first-ever Global Conference for Media Freedom, which ran from July 10 to 11 in London.

It was co-hosted by Jeremy Hunt, the UK foreign secretary, and Canadian minister of foreign affairs Chrystia Freeland, as part of an international campaign to shine a spotlight on media freedom.

Global leaders, journalists, civil society, industry representatives and members of academia gathered to define challenges and frame solutions.

Erhaim spoke on a panel about reporting from within challenging environments, paying tribute to the brave journalists still reporting from within Syria, and addressed the event’s gala dinner, which was attended by Commonwealth foreign ministers.

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