Sponsorship: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

7 November 2019 - 11.30-13.00 - Room 1 - Interpretation: FR/EN/RU

Around the world, being a journalist is becoming more and more dangerous. From harassment and intimidation, to imprisonment and murder, journalists face increasing challenges. This session will explore accounts of journalists who have faced such challenges and ask what can be done to protect them more effectively.

BHATIA Sidharth

Sidharth BHATIA

Journalist and writer


Sidharth Bhatia is a Mumbai based journalist and writer. He is one of the Founder Editors of The Wire, which is India's most highly regarded news websites. The Wire was founded in 2015 and runs as a not for profit, banking on donations from foundations and individual supporters. Bhatia has lived in worked in India and overseas as a foreign correspondent. He was made a Press Fellow at Wolfson College,  University of Cambridge in 2001. He is the author of several books on cinema and popular culture and is a regular speaker on public platforms.



Journalist and documentary filmmaker


Munizae Jahangir is an award-winning broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker, anchoring a current affairs show,”Spotlight”on Pakistan’s Aaj TV. Since 2004 Jahangir has been anchoring and reporting for prominent media outlets in Pakistan. She became the first Pakistani to work for any private Indian TV channel; (NDTV) as their correspondent. Jahangir was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008. She is on the board of the Asma Jahangir legal aid cell which provides free representation to marginalized women, children and minorities. She is the founding member of South Asian Women in Media and a council member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

MEREI Yasmine

Yasmine MEREI

Writer and Journalist




Lead advocate of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Brussels

Tom Gibson is CPJ's lead advocate in Brussels, covering the EU. Before joining CPJ, Gibson managed Protection International's Burundi and Congo desks, advocating for stronger state accountability for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists. Gibson was also part of Amnesty International's Africa program in London and Nairobi.



Project Assistant, Education Policy Division, Directorate of Democratic Participation Council of Europe