Dictators and Disinformation: A Discussion on the State of Press Freedom
September 17, 2019
8:00am to 10:00am

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A breakfast conversation featuring Maria Ressa, founder of the Philippine website Rappler and a TIME magazine 2018 Person of the Year, and Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the author of The New Censorship.

A record number of journalists are in prison, violence against the press is on the rise, authoritarian leaders are undermining the media, and new technologies, once empowering, are being used to harass journalists and spread disinformation. Join us for a discussion on what this means for the state of press freedom around the world.


Maria Ressa, Founder, CEO, and Executive Editor, Rappler

Maria Ressa is the founder, CEO, and executive editor of Rappler, a Philippine news website created in 2012 that is renowned for its critical coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial policies and actions. She has taught courses in politics and media for her alma mater, Princeton University, as well as in broadcasting at the University of the Philippines. Her 2012 book, From Bin Laden to Facebook, is part of her work as author-in-residence and senior fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research in Singapore. Read more.

Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

Joel Simon is the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, an organization of the forefront of the global struggle for press freedom. Simon has participated in CPJ missions around the world and has helped expand CPJ’s support for at risk journalists through the creation of a dedicated Emergencies Department. Under his leadership, CPJ has been honored with numerous awards, including the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights, a News & Documentary Emmy, and the 2018 Chatham House Prize, given for the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations in the previous year. Read more.


Sewell Chan, Deputy Managing Editor, Los Angeles Times

Sewell Chan joined the Los Angeles Times as a deputy managing editor in September 2018. He oversees foreign and national news coverage; digital news operations; copy editing; and the data and graphics teams. He spent the previous 14 years at The New York Times, serving as international news editor, deputy Op-Ed editor, Washington correspondent, and metro reporter. Read more.

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