Webinar: A Free Press is Even More Vital in the Age of COVID-19

May 4, 2020

To mark World Press Freedom Day, on May 4 the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C., will feature three distinguished journalists, who have worked in democratic countries -- and in those where media freedom is restricted. The ICFJ Forum will host the panel, with:

  • Cilla Benkӧ, the director-general of Swedish Radio and a board member with of European Broadcasting Union and the International News Safety Institute
  • Melinda Liu, the award-winning Beijing bureau chief for Newsweek magazine, who has lived and worked in Beijing since 1998
  • Jason Rezaian, a writer for Global Opinions at The Washington Post, who served as The Post's correspondent in Tehran from 2012 to 2016 and spent 544 days in an Iranian jail

As they look to the future, these media leaders will share their views on everything from the dangers of governments concealing information and suppressing journalism to widespread misinformation on social media. ICFJ Senior Vice President Sharon Moshavi will moderate.