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Conflict Reporting: Safety and Security in the Field

This panel of journalists and practitioners will explore the radically changing landscape of conflict reporting over the past decade, including how the press industry is assessing and responding to these increased threats against press freedom, digital security and the lives of journalists worldwide.

Presenters: Sawyer Alberi Ron Haviv Robert Mahoney

Moderators: Christina Piaia

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

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Risks for journalists covering conflict and political strife continue to rise each year, with a reported 38 journalists killed in 2015 alone and hundreds threatened, attacked, kidnapped and/or targeted. This panel of journalists and practitioners will explore the radically changing landscape of conflict reporting over the past decade, including how the press industry is assessing and responding to these increased threats against press freedom, digital security and the lives of journalists worldwide.


Presenter Bios

  • Sawyer Alberi

    Sawyer Alberi is lead instructor for RISC and Wilderness Medical Associates. Alberi served two tours as a member of the Vermont National Guard, first as a Flight Medic in Iraq in 2006 and again in 2010 as a Combat Medic and female engagement team leader in Afghanistan. Alberi is an EMT-P (paramedic) and graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy. She has a Masters in Leadership Education and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at UNE. She has also worked for UN forces and within the US military on increasing awareness of gender diversity.

  • Ron Haviv

    Ron Haviv

    Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated and award-winning photojournalist, film director, and co-founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising about human rights issues around the globe.

    Haviv has produced an unflinching record of the injustices of war and his photography has had singular impact. His work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade of conflict, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the international tribunal in The Hague. President George H.W. Bush cited Haviv’s chilling photographs documenting paramilitary violence in Panama as one of the reasons for the 1989 American intervention.

    His first photography book, “Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal”, was called “One of the best nonfiction books of the year,” by The Los Angeles Times and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering,” by Newsweek. His other monographs are “Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul”, “Haiti: 12 January 2010” and “The Lost Rolls” described by The Washington Post as “ The magical photos recovered from over 200 lost rolls of film… An odd family photo album in which the kin are the people and places that have defined global politics and culture in the past quarter century.” As a result Haviv created the national public archive, “Lost Rolls America”, preserving memories and images from previously undeveloped rolls of exposed film from the American public.

    Haviv co-created and managed multi-platform projects for Doctors Without Borders’ “DR Congo: The Forgotten War” and “Starved for Attention”, UNICEF’s “Child Alert for Darfur and Sri Lanka” and the International Committee of the Red Cross’s “World at War”.

    Haviv is the central character in six documentary films, including National Geographic Explorer’s Freelance in a World of Risk. He has provided expert analysis and commentary on ABC News, BBC, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, NBC News, GMA and The Charlie Rose Show and written Op-Eds for The New York Times and The Washington Post.

    Haviv is the co-founder and director of The VII Foundation. He is currently co-directing two documentary films, Biography of a Photo and Picasso of Harlem.

  • Robert Mahoney

    Robert Mahoney worked as a journalist in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East before joining CPJ in August 2005 as senior editor. He reported on politics and economics for Reuters news agency from Brussels and Paris in the late 1970s, and from Southeast Asia in the early 1980s. He covered south Asia from Delhi for three years from 1985, reporting on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination, the civil war in Sri Lanka, and the fallout from the Soviet presence in Afghanistan. In 1988, Mahoney became Reuters bureau chief for West and Central Africa based in Ivory Coast, spending considerable time in Liberia covering the civil war. He served as Reuters Jerusalem bureau chief from 1990 to 1997, directing print and later television coverage of the Palestinian intifada, the Iraqi missile attacks on Israel, the Oslo peace process, and the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He worked as chief correspondent in Germany from 1997 to 1999 before moving to London to become news editor in charge of politics and general news for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2004, he taught journalism for the Reuters Foundation in the Middle East, and worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch. He became CPJ deputy director in January 2007.

Moderator Bios

  • Christina Piaia

    Christina Piaia is the legal manager for Protecting Journalists Pro Bono Program at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. She oversees legal intakes for pro bono matters concerning prepublication review and access to public records and develops relationships with law firms and corporate partners to provide journalists with pro bono legal assistance.

    Prior to ProJourn, Christina served as a trial attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and supervised the Gender-Based Harassment Unit at the NYC Commission on Human Rights, working extensively on gender discrimination claims with a focus on community outreach and education. Before the Commission, Christina spent three years as an international human rights attorney, working on the ground with local grassroots organizations including Too Young To Wed. Christina worked as a photo editor for The Associated Press for five years before beginning law school. As a passionate public interest attorney, Christina serves as pro bono counsel for several nonprofits and is the President and founder of the Chris Hondros Fund.

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