Wednesday, 22 June 2011, 9.30 a.m., Plenary Chamber
Campaigns against the worst human rights violations - child abuse, women trafficking, terrorism, torture and racism to name just a few - have to be checked and verified by journalists like any other story prepared for publishing. Here we are in the midst of the old dichotomy - advocacy against "traditional objective journalism".
Often NGOs and international organizations have a hard time to understand what makes journalists "tick" and why they do not hop automatically on the bandwagon of the "good cause". So what makes "correct" reporting on human rights issues?
On top of that we now face so-called "citizens´ journalism", blogs, twitter and other social media tools. How do they influence human rights reporting? Are traditional, Internet based or local and community media more useful to spread the human rights message and expose violations? What is the role of the international broadcasters in this respect?
Washington representative and journalist security coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
Founder of Medica Mondiale
Alvito de Souza
Secretary General, SIGNIS, Belgium
Eduardo del Buey
Director of Communications & Public Affairs, Commonwealth Secretariat, UK
Media-Policy Advocate, Thailand
Thomas R. Lansner
Professor for international media and politics at Columbia University, USA
Fred Andon Petrossians
Online editor in chief of Radio Farda, Iran editor of Harvard Global Voices , Czech Republic
International Media Specialist, Belgium