Journalists from Asia and Latin America to discuss online journalism and press freedom during special ISOJ lightning session

Through its 2021 World Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders found that “journalism is completely or partly blocked in 73 percent of the 180 countries” it ranks.

The organization noted a “decline across the board” in terms of press freedom in Latin America, while Asia-Pacific was hit with censorship and disinformation.

Journalists from these two regions will explore online journalism and press freedom in these environments during a special lightning session at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ).

“Online journalism and press freedom in Asia and Latin America” will take place on April 2. Registration for the conference is still open, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from these speakers.

In addition to being journalists from their respective regions, most speakers from this lightning session are also 2022 fellows with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Curator for the foundation, Ann Marie Lipinski, will chair the conversation.

Speakers for the first round on Asia include:

  • Bao Choy, independent journalist, Hong Kong
  • Fu Ting, correspondent, Associated Press, Thailand
  • Pranav Dixit, technology reporter, BuzzFeed News, India

Lightning Sessions_ Asia

And speakers for the second round on Latin America include:

Lightning Sessions_ Latin America

While press freedom is suffering in many countries across the world, these journalists will explain how the work of journalists is continuing online in their respective countries.

The program for the 23rd ISOJ is finalized and registration is underway and filling up. This year’s symposium, which will be online and in-person, is a chance to get together and learn from a diverse group of journalists and scholars working all over the world. Don’t miss your chance to join them. Register today!

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