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Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Ali

Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Ali

 

Raised in Great Britain and Algeria, Princess Rym Ali married Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan in 2004. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, she has worked for the BBC World Service, United Press International, Dubai TV, Bloomberg International, Radio Monte Carlo Moyen-Orient and CNN. In 2008, Princess Rym Ali founded the Jordan Media Institute, which offers a one-year practical MA in journalism and specialised training programme in Arabic.

 

Massoud Akko

Member, Media Freedoms Committee, Syrian Journalists Association

Following a travel ban, several investigations and a pending 3-5 year prison sentence for publishing “false news” in his native Syria, Massoud Akko now lives under asylum in Oslo, Norway. He is a member of the Media Freedoms Committee of the Syrian Journalists Association, having previously worked for the now-defunct Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), which was forced to close following the incarceration of its founding director and key officers. Akko has written extensively on human rights and the plight of Kurdish Syrians for the SCM and other groups, which led to his persecution and subsequent asylum.

Ezgi Basaran

Managing Editor, radikal.com.tr; Investigative Reporter, Radikal, Turkey

Ezgi Başaran is an investigative reporter for the Istanbul-based daily newspaper, Radikal. She is also managing editor of the paper’s website, radikal.com.tr. Previously, as a reporter for the daily Hürriyet, she won the Turkish Society of Journalists award for best investigative journalism. She has reported from Pakistan, North Ossetia, Iraq, Armenia and Iran, and writes a column three times a week, focusing on human rights violations in Turkey, Kurdish and Armenian issues, and women rights. In 2012, she won the Müşerref Hekimoğlu press award, which is given to a female journalist each year.

Endy Bayuni

Chief Editor, The Jakarta Post, Indonesia

Endy Bayuni was named chief editor of The Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s leading independent English-language daily, in 2004. He has been with the newspaper since 1991, working his way up from production manager to national editor, managing editor and deputy chief editor. Previously, he worked as the Indonesia correspondent for Reuters and Agence France-Presse. Bayuni received his BA degree in economics from Kingston University, UK, and served as a Nieman Fellow  at Harvard University shortly before taking up his post as chief editor.

Alison Bethel McKenzie

Executive Director, International Press Institute

Alison Bethel McKenzie has over 30 years of experience in journalism as a reporter, bureau chief, editor and media trainer. From 1995-2000, she was first deputy business editor and then senior assistant city editor in charge of City Hall and urban affairs at The Boston Globe. In 2000, she joined The Detroit News as features editor, then served as the paper’s Washington, D.C. bureau chief from 2001-2006. She joined the Legal Times in Washington, D.C. in 2006 as executive editor, and later the Nassau Guardian, in the Bahamas  as managing director. Before joining IPI, she spent a year in Accra, Ghana, for the Washington, D.C.-based International Center for Journalists, as a Knight International Journalism Fellow, helping Ghanaian journalists improve their reporting skills in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election. While in Ghana, she did a weekly radio programme on media issues and served as managing editor of Canoe lifestyle magazine. She has also worked at The Miami Herald, The Los Angeles Times, Poughkeepsie Journal and the now´defunct State Times in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (USA). Bethel McKenzie has been IPI's executive director for just over two-and-a-half years, serving previously as deputy director.

Karl Bostic

Former producer, NBC News, UK

Karl Bostic has worked for NBC News (London bureau) since 1996. His assignments have included field producer, Israel/West Bank/Gaza; field producer, Afghanistan; acting bureau chief, Baghdad; and field producer, Libya/Tunisia. In 2005, he survived a triple suicide bomb attack in Baghdad. He has also reported, produced and edited for NBCNews.com, and edited numerous stories on Syria since March 2011. From 1990-95, he worked as a producer for ABC News in Tokyo, London and Kiev. Bostic was educated at Harvard University (BA in economics) and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (masters of public administration).

Yuen-Ying Chan

Director, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong

Yuen-Ying Chan is an award-winning journalist who established the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre in September 1999. She set up the first professional postgraduate journalism programme in Hong Kong, launched Hong Kong’s first fellowships for working journalists and forged extensive ties between HKU and the news industry. Chan’s honours include a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and a George Polk Award for journalistic excellence. A Hong Kong native, she has also taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

May Chidiac

Founder and President, May Chidiac Foundation Media Institute; former television anchor, Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation, Lebanon

May Chidiac was for many years the main anchor at the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC), where she hosted the Lebanese and Middle Eastern political issues-driven talk show, “Bi KolJor’a”. Known for her criticism of Syria’s political influence over Lebanon-an issue not many people in Lebanon dared talk about -Chidiac nearly lost her life in an assassination attempt in September 2005. The attack was one in a series of bombings targeting Syrian critics in particular. After undergoing treatment and numerous operations in Paris, she returned to Beirut in July 2006 and defiantly reoccupied her post at LBC. On 3 February 2009, in what Lebanon’s Daily Star defined as a “tearful and impromptu on-air announcement”, Chidiac informed viewers that she would be resigning from LBC. In 2010, she was honoured with the IPI World Press Freedom Hero Award.

Jim Clancy

Anchor and Correspondent, CNN International, Atlanta, USA

Jim Clancy has covered the world for CNN International for more than three decades. His career includes reporting on the events that have shaped history over the last quarter century, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the siege of Beirut, the Rwanda genocide and the Iraq wars. From 1982-96, Clancy was a CNN international correspondent in the Beirut, Frankfurt, Rome and London bureaus. During this time, he won the George Polk award for his reporting on the genocide in Rwanda, the Alfred I. duPont award for coverage of the war in Bosnia and an Emmy award for reporting on the famine and international intervention in Somalia. Based at CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, he currently anchors “The Brief”, an executive summary of the most important international stories of the day. An IPI member, during the Amman World Congress, he will serve as IPI's Chief Moderator.

Richard Colebourn

Senior Middle East Producer, BBC News, Beirut

Richard Colebourn graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and economics in 2001. His career in the media industry started as a producer for BBC’s Newsnight programme, where he worked until 2007. He also worked as a Middle East producer and a Pakistan and Afghanistan producer, until his current post as senior Middle East producer.

Abdullah Ensour

Prime Minister of Jordan

Mr. Ensour is a Sorbonne educated economist who assumed the post of prime minister of Jordan in October 2012. A seasoned public servant, he held numerous cabinet positions in the Jordanian governments. Mr. Ensour studied at American University in Beirut; he also received his PhD in economics in Sorbonne. Ensour has also served as a governor of Jordan to the World Bank; deputy of Jordan to the International Monetary Fund and deputy delegate to UNESCO; he also sits as a board member for the Arab-African Bank, Nuackchott (president); the University of Jordan (vice-president); and the French Universities’ Graduates in Jordan (honorary president).

Anthony Fargo

Director, Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies, School of Journalism, Indiana University, USA

Anthony Fargo is the first director of the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies and has been an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Journalism since 2004. A former newspaper reporter and copy editor, he focuses his research on media law and policy and media ethics. He is a member of the Indiana Coalition for Open Government and has served as head of the law division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Fargo obtained his master’s degree and PhD in mass communication from the University of Florida.

Jumana Ghunaimat

Editor-in-chief, Al Ghad, Jordan

Jumana Ghunaimat is editor-in-chief of Al Ghad, an independent Arabic national daily newspaper founded in 2003 and based in Amman. She joined Al Ghad in 2008 as director of the economic department and became vice chief editor in 2012. Previously, she worked as a journalist for Al Rai newspaper and Al Sijill magazine and as a chief correspondent for several Arab newspapers and magazines.

Wesley Gibbings

President, Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers, Trinidad and Tobago

Wesley Gibbings is the president of the Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers, a network made up of journalists, media workers and media associations across the Caribbean basin. Gibbings' background in journalism spans 20 years and includes covering Caribbean public affairs and press freedom activism. Numerous papers on Caribbean media and contributions to several books are included in his publications, as well as editorial management of many technical books and journals, including the "Elections Handbook for Caribbean Journalists" (2009).

Kadri Gürsel

Columnist, Milliyet, Turkey; chair, IPI Turkey National Committee

Kadri Gürsel has written a column for the Turkish daily Milliyet since 2007. His writing focuses on foreign policy, international affairs, Turkey’s Kurdish question and Turkey’s evolving political Islam. He joined the Milliyet publishing group in 1997 as vice editor-in-chief of the then-newly launched weekly news magazine Artı-Haber, and was Milliyet’s foreign news editor from 1999 until 2008. He was a correspondent for Agence France-Presse from 1993 and 1997 and was kidnapped in 1995 by the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party), an experience he recounted in his book “Dağdakiler” ("Those of the Mountains") published in 1996. Gürsel is a contributing writer for the news website Al Monitor.com’s “Turkey Pulse” and is also chairman of the IPI Turkish National Committee.

Ferial Haffajee

Editor-in-chief, City Press, South Africa; IPI executive board member

Ferial Haffajee was named editor-in-chief of the Johannesburg-based Sunday newspaper City Press in July 2009 after a five-year stint as editor of the weekly Mail & Guardian. She became the first woman editor of a major South African newspaper in 2004 when she took over the editorship of the Mail & Guardian. Previously, she worked at the Financial Mail as a senior editor responsible for political reporting and at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as a radio producer and television reporter. Haffajee sits on the IPI Board of directors as well as the board of the International Women's Media Foundation. She is also a judge for the CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards.

Mohammed Haruna

Managing Director and Editor-in-chief, Citizen Communications Ltd; Syndicated Political Columnist, Nigeria

Mohammed Kudu Haruna is one of Nigeria's best-known syndicated columnists. From 1997-94, he held several executive positions with New Nigerian Newspapers  Limited, including managing director and editor-in-chief. From 1998-99, he was the senior press secretary to the head of state. As a veteran journalist, his work has been recognised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria.

George Hawatmeh

President, AWAN, Arab Media Consultants, Jordan

George Hawatmeh is an Amman-based, independent media practitioner. With some 30 years of journalistic experience, he has edited three Jordanian daily newspapers - Al Ghad, Al Ra’i and the English-language Jordan Times, and has also published a monthly magazine. From 2000-2001, he served as director of the Jordan Information Bureau in Washington, D.C. Today, he is the president of AWAN (Arab Media Consultants), a firm he founded in 2007. He is also publisher of www.sahafi.jo, a website dedicated to covering issues facing the Jordanian and Arab media.

Suzanne Hayden

Senior Adviser, International Anti-Corruption Academy, Austria

Suzanne Hayden is an attorney who previously worked as a prosecutor in the U.S. and at the UN Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, focusing on international financial and trafficking crimes. She currently works as a senior advisor for the International Anti-Corruption Academy, an international organisation established to address deficiencies and provide help for countries seeking to strengthen their anti-corruption regimes. In this capacity, she has designed and hosted “The Power of the Pen” roundtable workshops, focusing on the ethical roles and responsibilities of journalists in conflict areas. Hayden has worked in Russia, Hungary and Turkey, providing legal advice and training on ethics, money laundering and terrorist financing, and has drafted legislation for numerous countries at their request.

Anabel Hernádez

Investigative journalist and writer, Reforma and Proceso, Mexico

Anabel Hernández has published a number of investigative works on corruption and the abuse of power in Mexican politics. She began working for Reforma in 1993, but was driven to focus on investigative journalism by the kidnapping and murder of her father in 2000. In 2002, she won the Mexican National Journalism Award for breaking the ‘Toallagate’('Towel Gate') scandal, which exposed the vast public expenditure on the residence of the then-Mexican president, Vicente Fox. In 2003, she was recognised by UNICEF for her work uncovering slave labour networks and the sexual exploitation of Mexican girls on agricultural land in San Diego. Her 2011 book, "Los Señores del Narco" ("The Drug Traffickers"), over which she received death threats, details the complex relationship between organised crime and high-level government, police, military and private sector officials in Mexico.

Brant Houston

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting, College of Media, University of Illinois, USA

Brant Houston teaches investigative and advanced reporting at the department of journalism at the University of Illinois College of Media. He was named chair of investigative and enterprise reporting after more than a decade of experience as executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Before joining IRE, he spent 17 years as an award-winning investigative reporter at daily newspapers in the U.S. Houston is the author of three editions of the textbook, "Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide" and co-author of the 4th and 5th editions of "The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook". Currently, he is working on projects involving nonprofit journalism, ethnic media newsrooms, and new technologies for news-gathering.

Kwame Karikari

Executive Director, Media Foundation for West Africa, Ghana

Kwame Karikari is the executive director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), an Accra, Ghana-based NGO that covers the 15 countries in the Economic Community of West African States  and Mauritania and that engages in media law reform, legal defense of journalists, press freedom monitoring and protection for persecuted journalists. Karikari is also a journalism professor at the University of Ghana and has been involved in training journalists in several African countries. In the early 1908s,  he served as director-general of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. He was educated at City College and Columbia University, both in New York City.

Daoud Kuttab

Director General, Community Media Network; Founder, AmmanNet, Jordan

An award-winning Palestinian journalist and media activist, Daoud Kuttab is the director-general of Community Media Network (CMN), a non-profit dedicated to advancing independent media in the Middle East. CMN is registered in both Jordan and Palestine and administers Amman.net and Radio Al Balad. Amman.net, which Kuttab established in 2000, was the Arab world’s first Internet radio station. His  career in journalism began in 1980, when he started working in Palestinian print media, as well as in the audiovisual field as a documentary producer. In 1995, he co-founded the Arabic Media Internet Network (Amin.org) as a censorship-free Arab website. He founded and headed the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University (Jerusalem) from 1996 until 2007. Kuttab is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post, Palestine News Network, Al Arabiya.net and The Jordan Times. He has been detained by both Palestinian and Israeli authorities because of his press freedom activities and has received a number of international awards, including the IPI World Press Freedom Hero Award in 2000.

Maria-Paz Lopez

Chair, International Association of Religion Journalists; Senior Religion Writer, La Vanguardia, Spain

María-Paz López, chair of the International Association of Religion Journalists, is the senior religion writer of La Vanguardia, a Spanish national daily based in Barcelona. She joined the newspaper in 1990 and has held various positions there, including that of media reporter, religion reporter, deputy foreign editor and Italy and Vatican correspondent. During her posting in Rome, she covered the death of John Paul II and the election and first years of Benedict XVI. She has a BA degree in mass communication and journalism from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an MS in journalism from Columbia University in New York. López is also an editorial board member of Dialogal, a quarterly magazine in Catalan about religions and interreligious dialogue.

Nidal Mansour

Executive President, Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists, Jordan

Nidal Mansour began his career in journalism in 1985 as a reporter in Kuwait, where he worked for two major pan-Arab dailies - Al-Rai Al A’am and Al Qabus. In 1995, he founded the weekly newspaper Al Hadath, and served as its editor-in-chief. In 2009, he established the online news site, Ain News. Mansour is a recipient of Human Rights Watch’s Hellmann-Hammett award for noteworthy efforts to defend press freedom. He is a member of the UNESCO Advisory Group for Press Freedom, established in 1996, and previously served as a jury member of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize (2001-2003).

Lina Ben Mhenni

Internet activist and blogger, “A Tunisian Girl”, Tunisia

Lina Ben Mhenni is an Internet activist, blogger and teaching assistant of linguistics at the University of Tunis. Once censored under former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s authoritarian regime, Ben Mhenni’s blog, “A Tunisian Girl” was considered a “ferocious and revealing encyclopaedia of all things wrong with Tunisian society”. She focused in particular on topics like women’s rights and press freedom, and subsequently became one of the leading bloggers in the Arab world.

Simon Morrison

Copyright public policy manager, Google, UK

Simon Morrison joined Google in 2007 and is responsible for Google's government relations and public affairs on issues related to copyright and IP (Internet protocol) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He also works with arts and journalism organisations in the region on projects promoting online access to cultural works and business opportunities for copyright owners.

Karinna Moskalenko

Human rights lawyer; International Advisory board member, Media Legal Defence Initiative, Russia

Karinna Moskalenko is Russia’s leading human rights lawyer and an advisory board member of the UK-based Media Legal Defence Initiative, a non-governmental organisation that provides legal aid and assistance to journalists and independent media outlets around the world. She has taken numerous cases to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, winning the first ever case against the Russian Federation heard in public hearings at the Court, and has represented a number of high-profile clients, including the family of slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

Rodney Pinder

former Director, International News Safety Institute (INSI), UK

Rodney Pinder was the founding director of the International News Safety Institute, which was launched in 2003 as a coalition of news organisations, journalist support groups and individuals dedicated to the safety of news media staff working in dangerous environments. A former senior foreign correspondent and news executive for Reuters, he retired in 2002 after four years as global editor of Reuters Television News and more than 20 years covering international affairs in three hemispheres. Pinder has long experience of reporting on conflict, covering wars and civil conflicts in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, South Africa, Indonesia, Iraq and Iran.

Stephen Pollard

Editor, The Jewish Chronicle, UK

Stephen Pollard is the editor of The Jewish Chronicle, “the oldest continuously published Jewish newspaper in the world”. Before taking up leadership of the Chronicle, he was a columnist for a number of British newspapers, including The Times and the Daily Mail. He is a former chairman of the European Institute of the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism, and a former president of the Centre for the New Europe, a Brussels-based free market think tank.

Hassan Rachidi

Special Projects Manager, Doha Centre for Media Freedom; Senior Producer, Al Jazeera, Qatar

A special projects manager at the Doha Centre for Media Freedom and senior producer for Al Jazeera, Hassan Rachidi previously worked for Radio Netherlands, Orbit Rome and Abu Dhabi TV. As a veteran journalist, Rachidi has covered multiple wars in Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan, among others.

Abeer Saady

Vice President, Egyptian Journalists’ Syndicate, Egypt

Considered the pioneer of a new Egyptian Media Authority, Abeer Saady is a journalist with over 20 years of experience, covering everything from wars to revolutions. In addition to acting as the vice president of the Egyptian Journalists’ Syndicate, Saady plays an active role in the promotion of women’s rights in Egypt.

Rana Sabbagh

Executive Director, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism; Jordan correspondent, The Times (UK); former Chief Editor, The Jordan Times, Jordan

Rana Sabbagh is a Jordanian journalist, columnist and media trainer with 28 years of experience in print journalism. A former chief editor of The Jordan Times (1999-2001), the first Arab woman to hold such a post, she was a correspondent for Reuters in Jordan and the Gulf from 1987-97 and helped establish Jordan's newest newspaper, Al Ghad (2003-2004). In addition to her post with the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, she is the Jordan correspondent of The Times (UK), a regular columnist for the London-based Arabic newspaper Al Hayat and a media consultant/trainer for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. She also serves as an active member of various civil society and media advocacy groups, including the International Women’s Forum, and sits on the jury committee for several international media prizes.

Charles M. Sennott

Executive Editor and Vice President, GlobalPost, USA

A longtime foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe, Charles Sennott served as Middle East bureau chief from 1997-2001 and Europe bureau chief from 2001-2005. His career in journalism began as a contributor to National Public Radio. He moved into print journalism when he became a regional reporter for the Bergen Record in New Jersey, and then a special assignment reporter and city editor for the New York Daily News, before joining the Globe in 1994. Together with Philip S. Balboni, he founded GlobalPost, an online international news agency, in 2009. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, GlobalPost’s declared mission is “to redefine international news for the digital age”. With correspondents in some 50 countries, GlobalPost offers original daily reporting from every region of the world.

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Host/Producer, HuffPost Live, USA; creator and former co-host, “The Stream”, Al Jazeera English

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin is a host/producer for HuffPost Live and has blogged for The Huffington Post since 2008. Previously, he worked for Al Jazeera English, the Doha Film Institute and the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. He later worked as a multimedia producer on PBS’s documentary series, “Wide Angle”, and as a producer for The New York Times. Working as a freelance reporter, he has reported from across the United States and around the Arab world, including Lebanon, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt and Jordan. In 2011, he created, produced and co-hosted Al Jazeera English’s social media programme, “The Stream”, an award-winning interactive talk show, which sources stories from social networks. He graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he taught digital media as an adjunct professor. He also advises on master’s projects and serves as a digital media consultant for News21, the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education.

Galina Sidorova

Chair of the Board of Directors, IPI; Chairwoman of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism - Foundation 19/29, Russia

Galina Sidorova is a co-founder of Foundation 19/29, Russia’s first NGO dedicated to defending the interests of investigative journalists. She graduated from the journalism faculty of the Moscow Institute for International Relations in 1978 and began working at the Novoje Vremia (New Times) newsweekly. Over the next 13 years, she served as a staff writer, political analyst, diplomatic correspondent and member of the editorial board at the publication. During the 1990s, Sidorova worked as political advisor to the Russian foreign minister (1991-95), coordinator for Russia with the Commission on Greater Europe (1992-96) and advisor to the general secretariat of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation (1995-2000). In 2000, she was named vice-president of the Sovershenno Secretno Information & Publishing Group and served as editor-in-chief of the investigative journalism monthly Sovershenno Secretno (Top Secret) from 2001-2010. She still serves as a special correspondent for the monthly. In 2007, Sidorova was awarded the Russian national annual award for best investigative journalism. She was elected chair of the IPI executive board in 2012 and is only the second woman to hold the position in IPI's 63-year history.

Thilo von Trott

Director, public affairs and corporate responsibility, Gruner + Jahr, Germany

Thilo von Trott zu Solz is the current head of public affairs and corporate responsibility at Gruner + Jahr, Europe’s largest printing and publishing company, with some 285 magazines and newspapers in 22 countries. Von Trott, who holds a doctorate in law, started his career as a corporate attorney and legal counsel for several media companies. Prior to his appointment as head of the public affairs department at Gruner + Jahr, Von Trott was the director of business affairs in the multimedia department.

Laura Weffer Cifuentes

Journalist and author, El Nacional, Venezuela

Laura Weffer Cifuentes began her career as a reporter for the Spanish international news agency EFE in Great Britain, where she covered an array of issues pertinent to Latin America. From 2000-2002, she was chief political editor of the Venezuelan daily Tal Cual. From 2002-2011, she worked as an investigative journalist for the daily, El Nacional. Currently, she is an investigative reporter for the Venezuelan media company, Cadena Capriles. Weffer Cifuentes holds a mass communication degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Venezuela and a diploma in world politics from the London School of Economics.

David Westin

Adviser and former President and CEO, NewsRight; USA

David Westin currently advises NewsRight, an online content-tracking and licensing company, where he previously was president and chief executive. From 1997-2010, he was the president of ABC News. Under his direction, ABC News launched its website, ABCNews.com, started the first 24-hour live streaming news service, ABC News Now, and transformed the ways that it collected, produced and reported the news through extensive use of digital technology. Before taking the helm at ABC News, he was president of the ABC Television Network and general counsel for its parent company, Capital Cities/ABC. Immediately after law school, Westin clerked for J. Edward Lumbard on the Second Circuit and Lewis F. Powell on the Supreme Court, and was a partner and associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington.

Barbara Wibmer

Attaché, Human Rights Department, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria

Barbara Wibmer’s career in civil service began in 2009 with a judicial clerkship at a local court for civil matters and the regional court for criminal matters in Vienna. From 2010-2012, she worked for the West Africa Regional Office of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Since 2013, she has worked for the Department for Human Rights of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, where she is in charge of issues concerning the safety of journalists, among others.

Christoph Wilcke

Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Transparency International

Christoph Wilcke joined Transparency International in 2012. Before that, he worked for Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa division, the International Crisis Group, the International Peace Academy (now Institute), and Save the Children UK. Wilcke has a master of philosophy degree in modern Middle Eastern studies from St. Antony's College, Oxford University. He is a regular contributor to Middle Eastern and international media.

John Yearwood

World Editor, The Miami Herald, USA

John Yearwood has held the position of world editor of The Miami Herald since 2003. Previously, he served as national/international editor and assistant city editor for government and politics with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Before joining the Star-Telegram in 1999, Yearwood spent two years in the Caribbean as founding publisher/editor of IBIS, a general lifestyle magazine. Prior to IBIS, he spent 10  years at The Dallas Morning News, where he reported from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Yearwood was also a newsman for The Associated Press in Connecticut and Oklahoma, a national correspondent for Focus magazine, and the news/public affairs director for WHUS Radio in Connecticut.

Jillian York

Director, International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation, USA

Jillian York is director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an international non-profit digital rights group based in San Francisco. Her specialisation and interests are in issues of free speech in the Arab world, the effects of corporate intermediaries on freedom of expression and anonymity, and the disruptive power of international online activism. Before joining the EFF, York spent three years at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where she worked on the OpenNet Initiative, among other projects.


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