The year 2020 was challenging in many countries, where the COVID-19 pandemic and related health fears and economic disruptions helped to crystallize mounting popular discontent against governments the world over. Some of this discontent boiled over into the streets in massive protest movements in places like Armenia, Georgia, Russia, and perhaps most notably Belarus. Journalists in these countries and others sought to do their jobs by providing live coverage of news events like protest rallies and marches – only to be arrested, beaten, threatened in some cases even killed. Some of these journalists remain in jail; others are threatened with the loss of their livelihoods as governments enact extreme legislation and regulations designed to stifle the practice of journalism.
Marking the World Press Freedom Day, Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists, Freedom House and RFE/RL join forces to discuss the risks of covering protests movements in Eastern Europe and Eurasia on Tuesday, May 4, at 11:00am-12:30pm.
We invite you to join the discussion moderated by CNN Senior Director for Standards and Practices Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, with CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Gulnoza Said, RFE/RL Belarus Service correspondent Alyaksandra Dynko, RFE/RL Regional Director for Europe and TV Production Kiryl Sukhotski, and RSF Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk head Jeanne Cavelier.