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Austin Forum 2012 Program

May 20, 2012 | May 21, 2012 | May 22, 2012

Sunday, May 22, 2012 (open to UT students and faculty): Omni Hotel (at the Ballroom - second floor)

7:00-9:00pm Inaugural dinner
Moderator: Rosental Alves, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

  • Frank La Rue, United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression
  • Heriberto Cantú, editor, El Mañana, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
  • José Ruben Zamora, editor and publisher, elPeriódico, Guatemala

Monday, May 21, 2012 Lone Star room, Omni Hotel

8:30-8:45 a.m. Breakfast at Lone Star Conference Room

8:45-9:00 a.m. Golas and Objectives of the meeting: Identifying best policies and practices to address physical and online threats to Freedom of Expression in the Americas

  • Rosental Alves, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
  • Sandra Dunsmore, Open Society Foundations Latin America Program
  • Stewart Chisholm, Open Society Foundations Media Program

9:00-9:45 a.m. Strategy to Improve Safety and Protection Mechanisms to Combat Impunity
Moderator:Jaime Abello, executive director, FNPI, Colombia

  • Catalina Botero, Organization of American States’ Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

9:45-10:30 a.m. The Legal Threats to Press Freedom: From the old criminal defamation laws to the newest attempts to regulate the Internet

  • César Ricaurte (moderator and presenter), director, Fundamedios, Ecuador
  • Eduardo Bertoni, director, Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE), Argentina
  • Joel Simon, executive director, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), USA

10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee break

10:45-12:30 p.m. Safety and Protection on Cyberspace: Threats and vulnerabilities facing journalists and online media
Moderator: Gustavo Gorriti, director, IDL-Reporteros, Peru

  • Luis Carlos Diaz, blogger, communication coordinator for Centro Gumilla, Venezuela
  • Javier Valdez Cárdenas, co-founder & editor, Riodoce newspaper, Culiacán, Mexico
  • Robert Guerra, senior advisor, Citizen Lab, Munk Centre for Global Affairs, Canada
  • Raul Peñaranda. Página Siete, Bolivia
  • Jillian York, director, Electronic Frontiers Foundation, USA

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch in the hotel’s atrium on first floor

1:30-2:15 p.m. The United Nations Action Plan and UNESCO’s Role
Moderator:Stewart Chisholm (moderator), Open Society Foundations Media Program

  • Guy Berger, director, UNESCO’s Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development

2:15-3:45 p.m. The Endemic Violence Against Journalists and Media in Latin America
Moderator: Monica Gonzalez, director, CIPER, Chile

  • Benoît Hervieu, director, Americas desk, Reporters Without Borders, France
  • Zuliana Lainez, International Federation of Journalists/National Association of Journalists, Belgium/Peru
  • Joel Simon, executive director, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), USA
  • Ricardo Trotti, director, Inter American Press Association, USA

3:45-4:00 p.m. Break

4:00-5:30 p.m. The Most Dangerous Countries: The cases of Brazil, Colombia, Honduras and Mexico
Moderator: Gotson Pierre, director, Alterpresse, Haiti

  • Hector Becerra, executive director, C-Libre, Honduras
  • Marcelo Moreira, Globo TV editor and president of ABRAJI, Brazil
  • Ginna Morelo, Consejo de Redacción and El Meridiano, Colombia
  • Daniela Pastrana, freelance journalist and director of Periodistas de a Pié, Mexico

7:00 p.m. Dinner at Stubbs (Texan BBQ): 801 Red River, three blocks from the hotel

Tuesday, May 22, 2012: the Lone Star room

8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Lone Star Conference Room

9:00-9:30 a.m. Trauma and Journalism
Moderator: Carlos Fernando Chamorro, editor and publisher, Confidencial, Nicaragua

  • Bruce Shapiro, director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, USA

9:30-11:00 p.m. Examining the Current State Protection Mechanisms for Journalists: CELE’s study on the cases of Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala
Moderator: Ewald Scharfenberg, director of IPYS-Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela

  • Andres Morales, executive director, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Colombia
  • Leonarda Reyes, freelance journalist, founder and director, CEPET, Mexico
  • Martín Rodriguez Pellecer, director, Plaza Pública, Guatemala
  • Natalia Torres, co-author of a study on journalists’ protection, CELE, Argentina

11:00-11:15 a.m. Coffee Break

11:15-12:45 p.m. Prevention and Protection Strategies: How to help journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists in hostile environments
Moderator: Ricardo Uceda (moderator), director, Press and Society Institute (IPYS), Peru

  • Renata Ávila, blogger, Global Voices
  • Carlos Dada, founder & director, El Faro, El Salvador
  • Rodney Pinder, executive-director, International News Safety Institute (INSI)
  • Dario Ramirez, director, Article 19, Mexico
  • Frank Smyth, founder and director, Global Journalist Safety, USA

12:45-1:00 p.m. Announcing the topics for the four working groups, based on suggestions and votes by Forum participants.

1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch break: working group conversations starts here

2:00-3:15 p.m. Breakout sessions: Working groups on strategies to address improving safety and combating impunity
1) Austin North (up to 20 people)
2) Austin South (up to 20 people)
3) The Liberty Room (up to 20 people)
4) The Lone Star Room (plenary room)

3:15-3:30 p.m. Coffee break

3:30-5:00 p.m. Working groups proposals: presentations by each group and discussions
Moderator: Rosental Calmon Alves and Stewart Chisholm

7:00 p.m. Dinner at at Manuel’s (TexMex): 310 Congress Ave, five blocks from the hotel


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