Panel Discussion: Media under attack in Central Asia and Azerbaijan
Launch of JFJ’s Report on Attacks Against Media Workers in Central Asia and Azerbaijan followed by a panel discussion on the oppression of free speech in post-Soviet autocracies.
Last year, Justice for Journalists Foundation (JFJ) launched a comprehensive research project into attacks against journalists, bloggers and media workers in 12 post-Soviet states between 2017 and 2019.
The Expert Panel will look into the mechanisms of curtailing the freedom of speech in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan and establish how journalists stand up to pressure. Due to the specifics of these countries, the authoritarian nature of their governments and the fear of journalists for their careers and lives, attacks and threats are rarely made public.
The presenters will provide analysis of attack categories along with case-studies from their regions. The remit of the panel is to put the findings of the research in the worldwide context and discuss what the international community can do to help media workers fulfil their professional duties.
Moderator: Maria Ordzhonikidze, Director, Justice for Journalists Foundation
- Ruslan Myatiev (Turkmenistan), journalist, human rights activist and editor of the independent news outlet Turkmen.news.
- Galiya Azhenova (Kazakhstan), expert of the International Foundation for the Protection of Freedom of Speech, Adil Soz
- Inga Sikorskaya (Kyrgyzstan), Director, School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia (TBC)
- William Horsley, Media Freedom representative, Association of European Journalists
- Rebecca Vincent, UK Bureau Director, Reporters Without Borders
- Eleanor Rose, investigative journalist
- Elena Panfilova, Head, Transparency International, Moscow (TBC)
Date: 25 March 2020