Hearings & Briefings

Worldwide Threats to Media Freedom

Hearing Wednesday, July 25, 2012 1:00 PM Room 2226 of the Rayburn House Office Building

This hearing will take place at 1:00 PM on 7/25/2012, in Room 2226 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The hearing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the media and the interested public.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
1:00 PM
Room 2226 of the Rayburn House Office Building
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on threats to media freedom around the world.

The free press plays a vital role in advancing democratic governance and promoting respect for human rights. However, in many countries journalists and media outlets are forced to work in a climate of fear and censorship. Repressive governments impose severe legal restrictions and exert economic pressure on media outlets that do not support the government position. Journalists who criticize authorities or expose crime, corruption, or human rights abuses risk harassment, intimidation, unlawful detention and even death.

In addition to assessing these issues from a global perspective, this hearing will examine restrictions on freedom of expression and violence against journalists in Honduras, Russia and Turkey.
Panel I
• Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State

Panel II

• Robert Mahoney, Deputy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
• Karin Deutsch Karlekar, Project Director of “Freedom of the Press,” Freedom House
• Rev. Ismael Moreno Coto, Director of Radio Progreso, Honduras
• Vladimir Kara-Murza, Washington bureau chief, Russian Television International (RTVi)

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or tlhrc@mail.house.gov.

James P. McGovern
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC

Frank R. Wolf
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC


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Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
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