Free Media in Unfree Societies

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Free Media in Unfree Societies
Presenter(s) Anastasia Kolobrodova, Luis Carlos Díaz
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Organization(s) Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Hangout Político (Venezuela)
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Country(ies) USA,Venezuela
Social media twitter @aaanastasia, twitter @LuisCarlos facebook /luiscarlosdiaz instagram @PeriodismoDePaz
2017 theme Journalism & Media

In countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established, including Venezuela, Iran, and Uzbekistan, there are unique obstacles -- ranging from government censorship to online attacks -- preventing journalists and media organizations from freely engaging with audiences.

This session will discuss the use of video streaming, Psiphon, messaging apps, and other digital tools to allow audiences in countries with internet restrictions to access news and information.

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Anastasia Kolobrodova works at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). RFE/RL journalists report the news in 23 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established, including Iran, Belarus, Uzbekistan, and Russia.

Luis Carlos Díaz's focus is on using a variety of tools online and offline to communicate freely with people despite censorship. The most popular is "Hangout Político," where we talk about breaking news when it needs context -- but we also use blogs, traditional radio, forums in public spaces, advocacy and teaching.


Format Conversation
Target Groups journalists, media organizations
Length 1 hour
Skill Level Novice
Language English


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