Press Freedom in Ethiopia, Paraguay, Malaysia, and Syria

A Dialogue with CPJ’s 2015 International Press Freedom Awardees

(CPJ) – Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the Senate Human Rights Caucus for a briefing and dialogue with the 2015 recipients of the Committee to Protect Journalists International Press Freedom Award.Press Freedom in Ethiopia

Journalists foster accountability through their reporting on politics, crime, corruption and human rights abuses. However, in many countries journalists work in a climate of fear, intimidation and censorship generated by repressive governments and, increasingly, by illegal non-state actors and criminal organizations.

Each year, the Committee to Protect Journalists recognizes courageous journalists from around the world with its International Press Freedom Award. The 2015 awardees are all from countries where press freedom is under stark attack:

• Zone 9 bloggers (Ethiopia)
• Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, “Zunar” (Malaysia)
• Cándido Figueredo Ruíz (Paraguay)
• Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (Syria)

These journalists have endured death threats, physical attacks, legal harassment, imprisonment, and exile in the course of their work. They will share their insights and concerns about the state of media freedom in their respective countries, and provide recommendations as to how the U.S. government, and especially the Congress, can strengthen and support media freedom in an increasingly contentious and conflict-ridden world.


• Candido Figueredo Ruiz, Paraguay
• Abdel Aziz Al-Hamza, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, Syria
• Soleyana Gebrichael, Zone 9 Bloggers, Ethiopia
• Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, “Zunar,” Malaysia


• Dr. Courtney C. Radsch, Committee to Protect Journalists

Opening Remarks

• Congressman James McGovern, Co-Chair, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015; 10:00 A.M.
Where: 2255 Rayburn House Office Building

The briefing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the media and the interested public.

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