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Freedom of the Media: Censorship, Imprisonment and Torture

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Chatham House, London

Participants

Phil Cox, Journalist and Director, Native Voice Films
Giovanna Stopponi, Producer, Native Voice Films
Colin Pereira, Journalist Safety Specialist, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
Chair: Shaimaa Khalil, Presenter, BBC World Service

 

Overview

Independent journalism plays a vital role in bringing injustices, human rights abuses and corruption to the global public consciousness.

Hunted in Sudan provides a unique insight into the dangers journalists can face on the ground when reporting in countries which actively censor the press. The film documents the abduction, detainment and torture of freelance British journalist Phil Cox and local author Daoud Hari while in Sudan investigating human rights abuses by the government and allegations of chemical weapon attacks on civilians in Darfur. The documentary highlights the risks taken by journalists and reinforces the value of independent reporting to shed light on injustices taking place around the world.

Following the screening of this short film, there will be a panel discussion drawing the themes raised into a wider conversation around reporting from conflict zones and regimes which actively try to silence open discourse and restrict access by foreign journalists.

Running time: 30 minutes


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