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Welcome, everyone! Here’s the program for the 8th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, (#GIJC13), scheduled for October 12-15, 2013, in beautiful Rio de Janeiro. It’s the first time we’re holding the GIJC in the global south, and we’re combining it with two other key events in journalism: the annual Latin America Investigative Journalism Conference (COLPIN), and the International Congress of ABRAJI, Brazil’s investigative journalism association. Panels and workshops will be available in languages as marked: English (Eng), Portuguese (Port), Spanish (Span). Plenary and showcase panels will be translated into all three. There will be streaming video available for all plenary and showcase panels and all those held in the RDC auditorium (C1). We look forward to seeing you in Rio!
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Saturday, October 12 • 9:15am - 10:30am
OPENING PLENARY: Freedom of Expression in Crisis (Eng, Port, Span)

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The percentage of the global population living in countries with a free press has declined to just 14 percent, the lowest level in more than a decade, according to Freedom House. Repressive governments now broadly employ technology to spy on, censor, and disrupt those online. Meanwhile, journalists around the world are being murdered and imprisoned at near-record rates. And the killings and jailings are but a fraction of the damage being done. Beatings, kidnappings, and threats are far more numerous, and can be just as effective at silencing the press.

On this panel, a distinguished group of officials from the United Nations and the Organization of American States will describe the growing pressures against freedom of expression worldwide, the challenges and opportunities facing a free and independent press, and the best strategies of how to respond. 


Moderators
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Fernando Rodrigues

Reporter/Columnist, UOL/Jovem Pan
Fernando Rodrigues, 52, is a Brazilian investigative journalist. Rodrigues is based in Brasília (Brazil’s capital). He has been with the news portal UOL since the year 2000. UOL (www.uol.com.br) is a leading Internet portal in Brazil with 50 million unique visitors traffic (July/2015). |   | As a print media journalist, Rodrigues worked 27 years for "Folha de S.Paulo” as Economics Editor in São Paulo and foreign correspondent in New... Read More →

Speakers
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Catalina Botero

Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Organization of American States
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights elected Colombian attorney Catalina Botero Marino as Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression in July 2008. | Before assuming the position of Special Rapporteur, Dr. Botero Marino worked as Acting Magistrate and Auxiliary Magistrate in the Constitutional Court of Colombia for 8 years. Previously she has held a number of posts, including: adviser for the Office of the Prosecutor General of the... Read More →
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Frank La Rue

Special Rapporteur, UN
Since August 2008 Frank La Rue has served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. He is a lawyer and current Director of the Centro-American Institute for Social Democracy Studies (DEMOS) in Guatemala. He holds a degree in law from the University of San Carlos, Guatemala, and a postgraduate degree in U.S. foreign policy from Johns Hopkins University... Read More →
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Deborah Seward

Director, Strategic Communications Division, Department of Public Information, United Nations
Deborah Seward was appointed in February 2011 as Director of the Strategic Communications Division in the Department of Public Information. In that role, she has responsibility for the oversight of the UN’s 63 Information Centres around the world. She also oversees the Communications Campaign Service which provides guidance on a wide variety of priority UN issues, including peace and security, development and... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2013 9:15am - 10:30am
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