An independent press is essential for transparency in government and for fostering an informed citizenry, yet media freedom is proving to be increasingly fragile across the globe – in authoritarian regimes and democracies alike. Journalists around the world are intimidated, attacked, and murdered.
Please join the World Affairs Council and Seattle Times Journalist Christine Willmsen for a discussion on the rights, responsibilities, and best practices of professional journalism. The Council will welcome a panel of journalists from Sub-Saharan Africa selected by the State Department for the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. Each year, more than 75 journalists from around the world are brought to the United States to explore the role of an independent media and U.S. efforts to maintain and encourage a free press globally.
About our Speakers:
Vivienne Louise Marara
National Coordinator, Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations
As a female and young civil society leader in Zimbabwe, Ms. Marara is the National Coordinator of the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS). Her current job responsibilities entail overall strategic planning in liaison with the Board of Trustees, fundraising, financial management, organizational development, staff management and program operations. Additionally, Ms. Marara coordinates activities and functions of ZACRAS national operations to ensure that the Association’s goals and objectives are accomplished in accordance with established priorities, time and funding limitations, or other specifications.
Bureau Chief, Times of Zambia Newspaper
Mr. Brian Hatyoka is a two-time Top Prize Winner as Best Business and Financial Writer, accolades bestowed on him by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, for articles he published highlighting the glaring financial irregularities in some quasi-governmental institutions. He also runs a project aimed as promoting ideal journalism values among high school students, inculcating a culture of reading and writing in youth.