List of speakers
Founding director, Polis, media think-tank at London School of Economics
He is the author of the book “WikiLeaks: News In The Networked Era,” detailing WikiLeaks' history and assessing its significance for journalism and politics. Beckett worked at the BBC and ITN's Channel 4 News. His first book, “SuperMedia,” explored implications of networked journalism as traditional media go digital. He is on Twitter as @charliebeckett and blogs at www.charliebeckett.com.
London correspondent, ABC, Madrid
He led his newspaper’s digital transformation and redesign of its web site in 2009-2011 as Digital Editor. He is the European Consultant for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and author of "Wikileaks Confidencial," a journalistic analysis of the implications of Wikileaks for journalism and diplomacy. He has also worked for El País (Madrid), El Correo (Bilbao) and La Nación (Buenos Aires). He worked earlier for three years in Brussels at the European Commission and the European Parliament. He holds a Spanish law degree and an MA in international relations from Columbia University (NYC), as a Fulbright Scholar.
UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression & Media Development
He has published almost 50 books, monographs and/or book chapters on media issues and made more than 200 public presentations, including 13 keynote addresses. Berger led the School of Journalism & Media Studies of Rhodes University, South Africa, 1994-2010. He has been a columnist for South Africa’s leading independent paper, the Mail & Guardian, and has worked in a variety of publications and as a media trainer.
Alison Bethel McKenzie
Executive Director, International Press Institute
Lord Black of Brentwood, Executive Director, Telegraph Media Group
He has been Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group since 2005. Previously, he was Director of the Press Complaints Commission under Lord Wakeham from 1996-2003, and then Director of Communications for the UK Conservative Party under the leadership of Michael Howard from 2003-5. He is Chairman of the Press Standards Board of Finance (PressBof), that funds the PCC, and since 2009 has been Chairman of the Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust, promotes press freedom in the Commonwealth. He became a Life Peer in 2010 and has spoken widely in the Lords on press and advertising freedom issues. He gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards. He was educated at Brentwood School, Essex and Peterhouse, Cambridge where he graduated in history.
A former Bulgarian ambassador to France and Monaco she was elected for four years in 2009. Other posts she has held include personal representative of the Bulgarian president to the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie and permanent delegate to UNESCO from 2005 to 2009. During her long and distinguished career, she also served as Bulgaria's representative to the United Nations and as her country's secretary of state for European integration and foreign minister. Born in 1952, she obtained an MBA from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and studied at the universities of Maryland and Harvard in the USA. Ms Bokova has long promoted the transition to European integration. As founder and chairperson of the European Policy Forum, she worked to overcome divisions in Europe and promote the values of dialogue, diversity, human dignity and rights.
Freelance journalist, information freedom advocate
She was a US political and crime reporter before moving to Britain. Her investigation of expense accounts at the UK Parliament led to a major clearing out of implicated MPs and the first forced resignation of the Speaker of the House in 300 years. She writes for the main British newspapers and has published three books: “Your Right to Know,” “The Silent State” and “The Revolution Will Be Digitised” about information warfare and WikiLeaks. She has won numerous awards. including from Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and Index on Censorship. She is a visiting journalism professor at London's City University.
Executive Director, Article 19
She founded and led HAP International (the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership), overseeing field trials in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Sierra Leone and created the first international self-regulatory body for humanitarian agencies committed to strengthening accountability to disaster-affected populations. She is a former chief of staff of the secretary general of Amnesty International, and as Amnesty’s Research Policy Coordinator, she led its work on women’s human rights. She conducted human rights investigations in a number of developing countries. She worked in the field of international refugee movements with the Center for Refugee Studies in Toronto. She has written extensively on human rights, women’s rights, refugee movements and accountability. She has a PhD in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in New York.
Legal advisor of Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Earlier, he was senior staff attorney at the Center for Justice & International Law in Washington DC, and lead counsel in dozens of cases at the Inter-American Commission and Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He graduated Harvard Law School, where he co-founded Harvard Law Student Advocates for Human Rights. He worked with civil society organizations in Guatemala in 2004-2005 as a Fellow of the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program. He has lectured and written on human rights in the US and Latin America and been adjunct professor at American U. Washington College of Law and U. of Baltimore Law School.
Chairman, Russian Presidential Council for Civil Society Development & Human Rights
Born in Moscow to a family of lawyers, Fedotov graduated from Moscow State University, where he was a human rights activist. A correspondent for several newspapers, he taught at the All-Union Correspondence Law institute. In the 1990s, he was Deputy Minister of Press & Mass Media of Russia, Director General of the Russian intellectual property agency, and Russian Federal Press & Information Minister. He was also Russian Ambassador to UNESCO. He was Vice President of the regional public foundation Information for Democracy (INDEM ) and most recently, a Secretary of the Russian Union of Journalists. He is a Doctor of Law.
Associate Managing Editor, New York Times
He is a daytime editor of The Times' web site. For 10 years, he was a Times foreign correspondent, filing from more than 50 countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel. He started as a clerk at The Times in 1990. Until January 2012, he worked for three years as Deputy Foreign Editor, helping oversee publication of the Iraq and diplomatic WikiLeaks documents. He and his family live in Brooklyn.
Producer/Presenter, SW Radio African, London
Since 2005, he has been at SW Radio Africa, an exile media beamed to Zimbabwe. He holds a Masters in Media Studies (Thames Valley U., London) and did a dissertation on the impact of “New Media in Opening up Democratic Space in Zimbabwe.” He has a Diploma in Mass Communication from Harare Polytechnic. At SW Radio, he has produced several programs, including Question Time, involving audience participation via e-mail, text messages and social media like Facebook and Twitter. He has been in exile in the UK since 2003.
President and co-founder Rue89
Born in Tunis, Haski graduated the Centre de Formation des Journalistes, Paris, in 1974, the year he joined Agence France-Presse. He was the news agency’s correspondent in South Africa 1976-1980. In 1981, he joined the daily newspaper Libération, where he was in charge first of its African coverage and then of its diplomatic news. He was the paper’s Jerusalem correspondent 1988-83, and its foreign editor and deputy editor-in-chief 1995-2000, before becoming its Beijing correspondent 2000-2005. He was a commentator at the radio station Europe No. 1, 2007-2008. In 2007, he co-founded the award-winning Rue89, the first French all-news web site. His books include “L'Afrique blanche, histoire et enjeux de l'apartheid.” 1987; “Israël,” 1997; “David Gryn (Ben Gourion),” 1998; “Le Journal de Ma Yan,” 2002 (translated in 20 languages); “Le Sang de la Chine,” 2005; “Cinq ans en Chine,” 2006; “Internet et la Chine,” 2008.
Director, World Editors Forum
She has more than 20 years experience at top South African newspapers, including the Sunday Times and Business Day, where she worked as a journalist, Managing Editor and Chief Operations Officer. For six years, she was based in London, consulting on media for international organizations and governments, before in 2012 joining the World Editors Forum, a unit of the World Association of Newspapers & News Publishers.
Deputy CEO, Index on Censorship
He is Associate Editor of Index on Censorship, and has been at the organization for more than a decade. A UK-born journalist and editor of British and Sri Lankan descent, he is an ex-Fleet Street reporter and sub-editor and former Managing Editor of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting. He has reported from many datelines, from Baghdad and Kabul to Sarajevo and Jerusalem. He is a veteran observer of post-conflict media issues.
UNESCO Assistant Director General, Communication & Information
Before joining UNESCO’s Secretariat, he was Latvia’s Ambassador to France and UNESCO. He was previously Latvia’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva. There, he was 1st Vice-Chairman and later Chairman of the Council of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and held several elected posts in the World Intellectual Property Organization and UN Commission of Science & Technology for Development. He was Vice President of the Preparatory Committee of the Geneva Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and chaired the Preparatory Committee of WSIS’s Tunis Phase. Kārkliņš represented Latvia in the Governmental Advisory Committee of ICANN and chaired it, 2007-2010. He was Under Secretary of State in Latvia and served as Counselor at Latvian embassies in France and Finland. He has an engineering degree from Latvia’s Riga Technical University.
Editor at Large, columnist, Le Monde
She was Editor-in-Chief of Le Monde until June 2011. She joined the paper in 1987 as Moscow correspondent. From 1988-1993, she was its East and Central Europe correspondent and a correspondent for it from Washington and New York, 1996-2006. Back in Paris, she was successively reporter-at-large, headed the paper’s in-depth reporting section and deputy editor. She then became senior writer in Asia, from Singapore. Before Le Monde, Kauffmann worked for Agence France-Presse as a correspondent, in London, New Caledonia, Warsaw and Moscow. She graduated the Law School of the U. of Aix-en-Provence and the political science institute there. She also has a degree in Spanish from Deusto U. in Bilbao and graduated from the Centre de Formation des Journalistes, Paris.
Jane E. Kirtley
Silha Prof. of Media Ethics & Law, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, U. of Minnesota
She speaks frequently in the US and abroad and has written many articles on media law, freedom of information, and ethics. In 2010, her “Media Law Handbook” was published by the US State Dept. It has been translated into several languages, including Arabic, Azeri and Chinese. Before joining the U. of Minnesota faculty in 1999, Prof. Kirtley was Executive Director of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for 14 years; practiced law in New York and Washington DC; and was a newspaper reporter in Indiana and Tennessee.
Frank La Rue
UN Special Rapporteur on Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
His wide experience in human rights and South American policy issues includes arguing cases at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court on Human Rights, and university teaching in human rights research, public policy and related issues. He became Special Rapporteur in 2008. Since 2006, he has presided the Board of Directors, Institutio Centroamericano de Estudios para la Democracia Social (DEMOS), Guatemala, an NGO to promote democracy and support youth, women and indigenous population. La Rue oversees strategic direction of DEMOS’s programs. Previously, he was Human Rights Advisor, Guatemalan Foreign Ministry; Presidential Commissioner on Human Rights, and Executive Director, Center for Human Rights Legal Action (Washington DC, Guatemala). He is a professional broadcaster and contributor to Guatemala’s daily Prensa Libre.
President, National Commission to Reform Information and Communication (INRIC), Tunisia.
He was previously a consultant to the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) and represented the Committee to Protect Journalists for the Middle East and North Africa. He was also Amnesty International Human Rights Education Coordinator for the MENA region based in Beirut; an Amnesty International field officer in Palestine, and Director of the Tunisian Section of Amnesty International. In the mid 1990s, he was a correspondent of United Press International (UPI) and researcher for Reporters Sans Frontieres in Tunisia. In 1988-1994, he was the French daily La Croix’s Tunis correspondent. He has been a contributor to several newspapers, including Le Monde, since the 1970s. He has degrees from the University of Paris and the University of Tunis.
Investigations Executive Editor, The Guardian, London
Leigh is one of UK’s best-known investigative journalists an has received numerous UK journalism awards, including twice as Investigative Journalist of the Year and the Transparency International Integrity Award, 2008, for exposing arms sales corruption. He organized The Guardian’s publication of Wikileaks diplomatic cables; revealed £1 billion paid to Saudi Prince Bandar by arms company BAE; exposed secret payments to the Prime Minister’s son, Mark Thatcher; exposed UK intelligence vetting of BBC journalists. He is the Anthony Sampson Professor of Reporting at City University, London, and a trustee, of the university’s Centre for Investigative Journalism. In 1980, he was the first Laurence Stern Fellow at The Washington Post. He has also worked at The Times of London. The Scotsman, Edinburgh, and as a documentary filmmaker at Granada and Thames TV. His most recent book, as co-author, is “Wikileaks: inside Julian Assange’s war on secrecy.” Other books include “Frontiers of Secrecy: Closed Government in Britain,” “Chernobyl,” and “Sleaze: the corruption of Parliament.”
Communications law consultant, South Africa
She specializes in media, broadcasting, telecommunications, space and satellite law. She holds a law degree from Yale University, and she has lectured on communications-law issues at a number of universities, including: the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Pretoria, Columbia and Oxford Universities. She has been a director of the South African law firms of Edward Nathan Friedland Inc and Mkhabela Huntley Adekeye. She is writing the second edition of Southern African Media Law Handbook, published by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. Advance chapters are available here.
Head, Media Division, Council of Europe
He is a lawyer, qualified in Spain and in England. After eight years of professional practice in Barcelona and London involving civil, family, criminal, commercial and corporate matters, he joined the Council of Europe (CoE) where he worked for 11 years with the anti-torture watchdog supervising treatment of persons deprived of liberty in the CoE area. He has headed the CoE Media Division since 2005 and has been responsible for supporting CoE-wide standard-setting activities on media, freedom of expression and Internet governance.This work standard-setting work has resulted in adoption by the 47 CoE member states of a number of normative texts on human rights and Internet filters, ISPs, games providers, Internet freedom of expression and its public service value, and acknowledgement of shared states’ responsibility for preserving the integrity and ongoing functioning of the Internet.
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
She was named to the post of the Organization for Security ad Cooperation in Europe in March 2010. In 1998, as a founder of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, she helped create a legal/regulatory/policy framework for media in that complex postwar society. She helped set up Bosnia’s self-regulatory Press Council and the first Free Media Helpline in South East Europe. In 2007, she was elected Chair of the European Platform of Regulatory Agencies -- the first non-EU representative and the first woman in the post. She also chaired the Council of Europe's Group of Specialists on freedom of expression and information in times of crisis. She has worked on media/communications legislation for Armenia, Austria, Iraq, Jordan, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Morocco and Britain. She is a graduate of the Universities of Sarajevo, Bologna and Sussex and the London School of Economics.
Head of social media, Al Jazeera Network
He insures that Al Jazeera is present and participates on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Riyaad was in the team that produced Al Jazeera English's Emmy-nominated coverage of the 2008 US presidential election (International Digital Emmy 2009). More recently, his work has centered on use of citizen media for crisis reporting, with particular focus on the Arab Spring (2011), Israel’s Cast Lead Operation in Gaza (2008/9) and Iran’s 2009 election. Before joining Al Jazeera, he co-founded Future Technologies, which focused on mobile content production, aggregation and distribution. His company brought the award-winning cartoon strip, Madam and Eve, to mobile phones in South Africa.
Nation Media Group’s Executive Editor for the Africa & Digital Media Division, Nairobi, Kenya
He was named to the post in March 2008. A Ugandan, he was Managing Editor of The Monitor in Uganda, which he helped found, until December 2002, when he moved to Nairobi for NMG after it acquired the leading independent Ugandan newspaper. He is a columnist for the Daily Nation, The East African, The Monitor in Uganda, and The Citizen in Tanzania, focusing on African democratic transition issues, the political economy of new technologies, and social trends. Onyango-Obbo, has published three books: “Uganda’s Poorly Kept Secrets,” “Inside the Soul of a Nation and Its People,” and “It Never Happened: The Story of the Last Days of Idi Amin.” He is on the Board of Directors of Kenya’s Institute of Economic Affairs. He has a BA from Makerere U. in Uganda, and a journalism Master’s from American U. in Cairo and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.
QC, British media lawyer
Robertson has argued a number of landmark media law cases before courts across the Commonwealth and at the European Human Rights Court, including the leading case on protection of journalists’ sources, Godwin vs, UK. An Australian-born Rhodes Scholar, he has authored numerous books, including “People Against the Press,” “Freedom, the Individual and the Law” and co-authored “Media Law,” considered the British standard reference on the subject, Until 2007, he was an appeals judge on the UN special court for Sierra Leone, where he authored the leading ruling on rights of journalists and human rights monitors in war crimes courts. He founded and heads the Doughty Street Chambers law firm in London and serves on numerous boards of NGOs. He has represented The Guardian, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Salman Rushdie, Julian Assange and Mike Tyson. He received the 2011 New York Bar Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Law, and was named by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as a “distinguished jurist” member of the UN Justice Council.
Vice President for Global Programs, Freedom House
Schriefer has worked for 20 years in democracy and human rights promotion. She oversees Freedom House global programs, including freedom of expression, Internet freedom, religious freedom and advocacy at the UN. In 2006-2011, she was FH’s Director of Advocacy, overseeing its outreach and communications, including foreign policy advocacy, press relations and coordination with international organizations. As Director of Programs, she also oversaw a score of FH program initiatives and 13 overseas offices to support independent media, open governance, civil society development, justice reform and human rights. She joined FH in 1997 when it merged with the National Forum Foundation. Before NFF in 1994, she worked at the National Endowment for Democracy.She has a BA in Russian Area Studies from the U, of Denver and completed MA curriculum in Russian & East European Studies at George Washington U.
Executive Editor, International Herald Tribune, Paris
She organizes the IHT’s daily news report, plans future coverage and is involved in mapping global strategy of the IHT’s parent New York Times Media Group. Smale came to the IHT from The Times, where she was Deputy Foreign Editor from March 2002. She joined The Times in July 1998 as Weekend Foreign Editor. As the Associated Press Vienna Bureau Chief for Eastern Europe, Smale covered the fall of communism in the region, the rise of Slobodan Milosevic and Serbian nationalism and the 1990s wars in the Balkans. In Moscow, where she was posted from 1983-87, she chronicled the Soviet leadership transitions from Andropov to Gorbachev. She organized much of The Times’ prize-winning coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Human rights lawyer, Chief of the media section of the UK law firm Finers Stephens Innocent, litigator at the European Human Rights Court. Former attorney for Julian Assange
Roving Editor, The Telegraph, New Delhi
He has reported politics and conflict from many datelines in a 28-year career. Leftist insurgency in the Indian heartland, the unresolved Kashmir conflict and the Indian-Pakistani rivalry, that degenerated into a third war in summer 1999, and the terror assault in Mumbai 10 years later, have been major parts of his reporting. Thakur covered Egypt’s Tahrir Square revolution in 2011, and the subsequent anti-corruption upsurge in India, both of which engendered controversy over the role of new social media.
Richard N. Winfield
Chairman, World Press Freedom Committee
Named Chairman of WPFC in 2006, Winfield is of counsel at the law firm Clifford Chance US LLP. He was General Counsel of the Associated Press 1968-2002. He teaches at Columbia Law School (Comparative Mass Media Law) and Fordham Law School (Internet & Mass Media Law). In 2000, he co-founded International Senior Lawyers Project and leads its Media Law Working Group pro bono projects. He edited a forthcoming book “Exporting the Matrix: The Campaign to Reform Media Laws Abroad.”
Director, Global Internet Freedom Project, Center for Democracy & Technology, Washington DC
Trained as an attorney, Wong conducts much of CDT's work promoting global Internet freedom with a focus on freedom of expression. She also serves as co-chair of the Policy & Learning Committee of the Global Network Initiative (GNI), a multi-stakeholder organization to advance corporate responsibility for human rights in communication technology. Before joining CDT, Cynthia was the Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellow at Human Rights in China. She contributed to its work in business and human rights and online freedom of expression.
Former General Secretary, Intl. Federation of Journalists
He led the IFJ for 24 years and originated its Ethical Journalism Initiative. He joined the newly formed Global Editors Network in 2011. He heads the Coalition for Ethical Journalism, launched in Hong Kong in November 2011, bringing together journalists and media leaders from all regions, to build a culture of professionalism and professional responsibility in news organizations across all platforms. White is also an editor for Media Diversity Institute, London. He led an international press freedom mission to Hungary in November 2011.
Legal affairs writer, Caixin Media Group, Beijing
She became a journalist in late 2004, after working as a legal assistant in a law firm. In January 2009, Ye was one of the 80 per cent of the staff who followed the founder of Caijing Magazine, Hu Shuli, when she left to found the Caixin Media Group after disagreeing with the publisher on business and editorial policy. The new company publishes two magazines and books, runs a web site and produces TV programs. In the Chinese context, Caixin Media gained renown for its freedom of approach, attained by stressing business and economic aspects of news. Restrictions on general media In China have given business and economic media latitude to develop with relative journalistic independence. Ye specializes in reporting on law and politics for Group outlets. She has written on sensitive topics, such as a series on the Sanlu milk powder scandal and numerous reports on judicial independence. Internet media regulation is relatively looser than that for traditional media. That allows Caixin to get online with stories on Caixin Web before topics are declared off limits.
Vice Pres., Eurasian TV & Radio Academy
Trained as a broadcast engineer, he has had a communications career of more than 50 years, He headed the Lithuanian Technological Department, 1958-1966; was Director of the International Television & Radio Organization in Prague.1966-1971; Vice Chairman of Gostelradio, the USSR State Committee for TV & Radio, implementing Glasnost, with ministerial rank, 1971-1990; UNESCO Assistant Director General/Communication, 1990-2001; and, since 2001, Consultant to UNESCO’s Director General.
Co-founder, La Quadrature du Net
He is the spokesperson of the advocacy group, founded in 2008 to defend the rights of citizens on the Internet. It advocates modification of French and European legislation to respect the founding principles of the Internet, notably the free flow of information and knowledge. La Quadrature du Net engages in public debate on freedom of expression, copyright, regulation of communications and online privacy.