Freedom House – Freedom of the Press 2017 Report Launch

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Sixth Street Freedom Forum Entrance – Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

Please join Freedom House for the launch of the latest edition of Freedom of the Press, our landmark report monitoring press freedom worldwide.

Press freedom is down globally to the lowest level in 13 years, in part because of what is happening in authoritarian countries – such as Russia and China – and worrisome trends in several democracies, including the United States. The global picture is dark with fewer than one in seven people living in countries with a free press, with no meaningful coverage of politics, fear for journalists’ safety, and governments attempting to rig coverage.

Especially troubling is the decline in the United States. The U.S. has served as the most important model for other countries’ protection of free speech and press freedoms. When political leaders criticize individual journalists and media outlets, or decry journalism’s duty to hold elected officials accountable for their actions, American leaders encourage their international counterparts to do the same.


  —  Launch Events   —

Press Opportunity: World Map of Freedom of the Press
Time:  10:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Location:   Map of Press Freedom, Newseum, 3rd Floor

Opening Remarks:
The Honorable Chris Van Hollen,
United States Senator

Remarks:
Gene Policinski, chief operating officer, Newseum
Michael Abramowitz, president, Freedom House
Jennifer Dunham, director of research, Freedom House


Global Panel: Press Freedom’s Dark Horizon
Time:    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location:  Knight Theater, Newseum, 3rd Floor

Panelists:
Garry Kasparov, human rights activist
Edison Lanza, OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression
Scott Shane, reporter,The New York Times
Amberin Zaman, independent Turkish journalist

Moderator  — Vanessa Tucker, vice president of analysis, Freedom House


Covering the White House

Time:  12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location:   Knight Theater, Newseum, 3rd Floor

Panelists:
Jim Acosta, CNN senior White House correspondent
Mark Landler, White House correspondent, The New York Times
Carol Lee, White House correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

Moderator  —   Michael Abramowitz, president, Freedom House