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Austin Forum 2012

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10th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas opens with call for end to impunity in crimes against journalists

The 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas kicked off the night of Sunday, May 20, with an examination of some of the major security issues facing journalists throughout the Americas. During the Forum's opening session, Frank La Rue, the United Nations' special rapporteur for freedom of expression, along with newspaper editors from Mexico and Guatemala, highlighted the risks of independent reporting in a region increasingly racked by violence, corruption and rampant impunity. Read more »


Storify: Panel participants suggest prevention and protection strategies for journalists

The last panel of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas discussed ways of helping journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists in hostile environments. The panel, moderated by Ricardo Uceda, resulted in several suggestions from the experts in the subject. This Storify compiles the tweets from the audience during the panel "Prevention and Protection Strategies." Read more »


Examining the effectiveness of state protection mechanisms for journalists in Colombia, Mexico, and Guatemala

On the second day of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas’ 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, a panel of experts spoke on the role of state protection mechanisms for journalists in Colombia, Mexico, and Guatemala. Read more »


Storify: Experts examine governments' protection mechanisms for journalists

On Tuesday, May 22, during the second panel of the second day of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, journalists presented on countries' mechanisms to protect journalists. Read more »


Stress, trauma silence journalists, says Bruce Shapiro of Dart Center on second day of 10th Austin Forum


The emotional consequences of chronic stress impact freedom of expression, said Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma during the opening session of the second day of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. “Exhaustion and emotional crisis are as effective forms of censorship for silencing a journalist as jail sentences or a bullet," Shapiro said. Read more »


Regional press at risk in Mexico, Honduras, Colombia and Brazil, the most dangerous countries for journalists in the Americas


“I need a gun,” is what a journalist requested as a safety measure to work in Veracruz, one of the most dangerous places for the Mexican press. After the request, Daniela Pastrana, of the Mexican organizationJournalists on Foot (Periodistas a Pie) responded to that journalist that a fire arm was not the solution, but her colleague from Veracruz insisted: “I don't want the gun to defend myself, but to make sure they don't catch me alive." The reporter's response came after five Mexican journalists were found dead with signs of torture in the last 30 days. Read more »


Journalists at 10th Austin Forum call for solidarity in face of endemic violence in Latin America

The fifth panel of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, moderated by Mónica González, director of the Center for Journalistic Investigation (CIPER in Spanish) in Chile, discussed the "Endemic Violence Against Journalists and Media in Latin America" and the need for journalists to ally with NGOs, working in a long-term commitment. Read more »


Governments increasingly use laws, lawsuits to restrict press freedom, say experts at 10th Austin Forum


Latin American journalists increasingly are facing legal threats to freedom of expression, according to experts on the panel "The Legal Threats to Press Freedom: From the Old Criminal Defamation Laws to the Newest Attempts to Regulate the Internet," during the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the Open Society Fondations, held May 20-22 in Austin, Texas. Read more »


Experts discuss safety and protection in cyberspace during 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas

During the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas' 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, a panel of experts moderated by renowned Peruvian journalist Gustavo Gorriti, director of IDL-Reporteros, warned that while the Internet is an invaluable resource for journalists, it can also become a powerful tool that can be used against them if proper precautions are not taken. The panel, "Safety and Protection on Cyberspace: Threats and Vulnerabilities Facing Journalists and Online Media," was held Monday, May 21, as part of the Forum, which continues through May 22 in Austin, Texas. Read more »


UN action plan offers strategy for protecting journalists

Highlighting the need to celebrate journalists' work as way of creating a country- and world-wide atmosphere respecting freedom of expression, Guy Berger, director of UNESCO's Division of Freedom of Expression and media development, briefly outlined the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity during the first day of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


Storify: More resources, legal mechanisms needed to protect journalists, says OAS' freedom of expression rapporteur

On Monday, May 21, during the first panel of the first day of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, the special rapporteur for freedom of expression of the Organization of American States, Catalina Botero, discussed "Strategy to Improve Safety and Protection Mechanisms to Combat Impunity." Moderated by Jaime Abello, executive director for the Iberoamerican New Journalism Foundation (FNPI in Spanish), the panel was part of the largest ever Austin Forum, held May 20-22 in Austin, Texas. Read more »



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