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New Age, New challenges for the Freedom of Information
Board of Directors Luncheon with Christophe Deloire
Years ago, the press had to struggle against Orwellian restrictions. One could have believed that even in despotic countries those restrictions would disappear step by step in the Information Age. But unfortunately, press freedom predators have survived, with new weapons to control their people, even while new species (bloggers, netizens) emerge to resist them. In our new world, there are more and more soft control and Huxleyan violations being carried out in both dictatorships and democracies. Thus, the evolution of this Information Age also requires the invention of new means of defending and promoting freedom of information.
Christophe Deloire, Reporters Without Borders’ Secretary General, will expose the last trends in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index, explaining specific concerns about the United States and France, two nations that both saw declines in the 2014 Index. Citing concerns of government surveillance, the U.S. ranking slid 13 spots in one year to 46th in the world. France dropped only 1 spot, landing at 39th, but was cited with various concerns.
Free to Foundation Members // Individual non-member admission: $75
This event takes place as part of the French-American Foundation’s 2014 Gala Week. Foundation members can RSVP here. Non-members can purchase tickets here. For more information about this event, please contact Megan Gleason at [email protected].
This event is made possible with the generous support of
Christophe Deloire is the Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders (RWB).
After having started his career in television at TF1, LCI and Arte, he worked for nearly ten years for the weekly magazine Le Point, in the Home News/Life section and then on the political investigation pages.
He is also the author of eight books of investigative journalism, several of which were published by Albin Michel and have become bestsellers. He was also in charge of a series of books published by Flammarion.
In 2008 he produced a documentary film on Jacques Chirac for France 2 televison channel together with Laurent Delahousse.
Between 2008 and 2012, he was the head of the Centre de formation des journalistes (CFJ) - Center for Journalists Training - one of the leading journalism schools in France.
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