Exile: The Cost of Reporting the Truth | Free Word

28 October 2019
19:00 - 21:00

Presented by:
Free Word and Reporters Without Borders

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A discussion with journalists in exile and Reporters Without Borders


With press freedom under greater threat around the world now than ever before, an increasing number of journalists are finding themselves exiled from their home countries, forced to flee for their safety to avoid violent attacks, torture, or lengthy imprisonment in retaliation for their reporting.

Join Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in conversation with journalists who courageously continue to work from abroad in the face of extensive pressure. You will hear first-hand accounts of their exile experience and discuss what more is needed to support journalists who have risked their lives to get out the truth. The discussion will be chaired by RSF UK Bureau Director Rebecca Vincent and include Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim, Turkish journalist and activist Ege Dündar and British-Iranian journalist Rana Rahimpour.

Zaina Erhaim is an award-winning Syrian journalist who was one of the few women journalists to have reported from within the country during the Syrian revolution, receiving the first Anita Augspurg ‘Women Rebels Against War’ award; Ege Dündar is a Turkish journalist and activist who co-authored the fable book Duvar with his father, well known exiled editor Can Dündar; Rana Rahimpour is a British-Iranian journalist who is BBC Persian TV’s Senior Presenter; Rebecca Vincent is an American-British human rights campaigner, writer and former diplomat with an expertise in freedom of expression.

Reporters Without Borders works to promote and defend press freedom around the world.

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28 October 2019
19:00 - 21:00
£6 / £5 (30 & under)

Free Word and Reporters Without Borders

BIOS

Zaina Erhaim

Journalist

Zaina Erhaim is an award-winning Syrian journalist and Communication Manager for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Zaina trained hundreds of citizen journalists and was one of few women journalists who reported from within the country during the Syrian revolution. She received the first Anita Augspurg 'Women Rebels Against War' award in 2017 as well as a Press Freedom Prize from Reporters Without Borders in 2015, and was named one of the '100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2015' by Arabian Business and the 'Unsung heroes of 2016' by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Ege Dündar 

Journalist and Activist

Ege Dündar is a Turkish journalist and activist. He was born in Ankara in 1995. In 2005 he co-authored the fable book Duvar with his father, well known exiled editor Can Dündar. He produced and presented the weekly music show ‘Alternatif’ on Numberone TV between 2011-2013. He worked as a Sunday columnist for Milliyet Daily newspaper in 2013. His writing has also been published in BirGün and LeManyak. A graduate of International Politics at City University, Ege now lives in London and has been working for PEN International for the last three years, campaigning for free expression. He is the founder and coordinator of the young writers’ platform İlkyaz.

Rebecca Vincent

Human Rights Campaigner

Rebecca Vincent is the UK Bureau Director for Reporters Without Borders, known internationally as Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), which works to promote and defend press freedom around the world. She is an American-British human rights campaigner, writer and former diplomat with an expertise in freedom of expression. Rebecca has coordinated a number of high profile international human rights campaigns and has published widely.

Rana Rahimpour

Senior Presenter at BBC Persian TV

Rana Rahimpour is a British-Iranian journalist who Senior Presenter at BBC Persian TV. She has anchored and covered many major Iranian and international stories for the network, including Iran's nuclear programme, Iran's Presidential elections 2009 and its aftermath both for BBC Persian television and BBC World Service and the Iranian Presidential election of 2013. As a bilingual reporter, Rahimpour covers Iranian politics on multiple BBC platforms, including the flagship news programme Newsnight. Since the beginning of 2018, Rahimpour has appeared on News At Ten. She is one of the outspoken advocates of free press and has been campaigning against the harassment of BBC Persian journalists and their family members in Iran. In 2018, she addressed the United Nation's Human Rights Council in Geneva, calling for an end to the intimidation of journalists by the Iranian authorities.

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ACCESS

There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible. 

  • Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
  • Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
  • There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor
  • Hearing loops are available at the box office and the theatre (when set up theatre style) and in all meeting rooms
  • If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them

Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.

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