FP Virtual Dialogue: Protecting the Press

Safeguarding journalists in an increasingly volatile world

Amid geopolitical turmoil and trends of democratic backsliding, the safety and security of journalists have been increasingly under attack, both in the physical world and online. Independent and fact-based journalism is essential to providing critical information to the public, holding officials to account, and fostering trust in democratic institutions. Global actions need to be taken to protect both the safety and security of journalists, and their vital role in preserving and strengthening democracy around the world.

Foreign Policy, in partnership with Microsoft, convened international experts on press freedom to explore what is being done, and what efforts are still needed, to safeguard journalists in geopolitically tumultuous contexts. What are the range of threats that journalists are facing today, physically and in the digital space? How can public- and private- sector partners strengthen global networks of information sharing to better provide for the physical, legal, and digital security of journalists? We hosted a timely discussion on the dangerous reality of those working to spread information amid growing unrest and threats to democratic institutions, and how governments are collaborating with partners to protect them.

 Join the conversation online using #ProtectingthePress.

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Teresa Hutson

Vice President, Technology & Corporate Responsibility, Microsoft
Teresa oversees Microsoft’s Technology and Corporate Responsibility (TCR) group, which helps realize Microsoft’s mission by working with partners, nonprofits, academic insti...

Robert Mahoney

Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
Robert Mahoney is a journalist, author and fighter for press freedom who has been at the forefront of the struggle for press freedom, journalists’ safety, and the right to rep...

Miranda Patrucic

Deputy Editor in Chief, Regional and Central Asia, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
Based in Sarajevo, Miranda Patrucic joined OCCRP in 2006 and is the deputy editor in chief for regional stories and Central Asia. She oversees regional editors around the world ...

Charles M. Sennot

Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Editor, The GroundTruth Project
Charles Sennott is the founder, Chief Executive Officer and Editor of The GroundTruth Project. He is an award-winning correspondent, best-selling author and editor with 30 years...