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Violence, security and trauma: the war on journalists

With Juliana Ruhfus, Cecilia Anesi, Mona Shtaya

25 September 2022    14:00 - 16:00

Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza – Aula Convegni

Unimore - Via S. Geminiano, 3
Modena, Italia

The killing of American-Palestinian reporter Shireen Abu Aklehis (Al Jazeera), shot while reporting an ongoing arrest operation by Israeli Security Forces in the occupied West Bank in May 2022 and and the war in Ukraine, raised new urgent questions about the security of journalists on the frontline. becoming witness of violence, attacks or even death. But this is not an isolated situation. Fifty-five journalists were killed worldwide in 2021. Two-thirds of these took place in countries not experiencing armed conflict, showing the continued risks faced by journalists in their daily reporting to expose wrongdoing. Moreover, most of these killings are poorly investigated, if not investigated at all, and marked by impunity. Co-hosted by Cecilia Anesi (Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), award winning reporter and executive producer Juliana Ruhfus (Dart Center Europe) and Palestinian activist Mona Shtaya (7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media), the panel session will discuss examples of cases of violence against journalists, what journalists can do to protect their security on the frontline and online and how to cope with trauma resulting from working in extreme conditions or from becoming witness of violence, attacks or even death.

All DIG Academy workshops are free of charge and also open to the lay public. Thanks to the patronage of the Ordine dei giornalisti dell’Emilia-Romagna, the Fondazione Ordine Giornalisti Emilia-Romagna, the Associazione della Stampa Emilia-Romagna (ASER) and the Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana (FNSI), the workshops also offer valid credits for journalists’ continuing education. Journalists interested in obtaining credits can register now on the https://formazionegiornalisti.it platform. The events, however, remain free access for all and sundry while places are available. Those who wish to attend without accreditation can come to the events without any registration.

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Guests

Cecilia Anesi

Journalist, IrpiMedia

Journalist, co-founder of Irpi and member of the editorial board of IrpiMedia. She is president of Irpi for which she is responsible for fundraising and institutional relations. She has carried out transnational investigations on organized crime, drug trafficking, environment and…

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Juliana Ruhfus

Journalist and director of Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma (Europe)

Juliana Ruhfus is an award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker who divides her time between working in television and leading the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma (Europe). She is best known as the face of Al Jazeera English’s weekly, investigative…

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Mona Shtaya

Activist and Researcher

Mona Shtaya is a Palestinian digital rights defender working in the MENA region. She works as an advocacy advisor at 7amleh (The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media), and is currently an MA candidate in Social Media and…

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