Syria: Changing Media Coverage?

Talk Tuesday 19 November 2013, 7:00 PM

The conflict in Syria has taken the lives of many journalists and many more have been kidnapped and remain missing. The level of risk for journalists in the country is extremely high and yet the imperative to cover what is happening there is equally so.

In partnership with the Overseas Press Club we will be bringing together a panel of journalists and editors to talk about the challenges to journalism that have arisen from the high risk of covering the conflict in Syria and the work that needs to be done to better ensure the safety of journalists working there.

The level of risk has left many editors reluctant to send in staff journalists resulting in them relying more and more on freelancers. We will be asking if the conflict in Syria is becoming unreportable and if this is the case then how do we tell the story of what is happening there?

Chaired by Stuart Hughes, a senior world affairs producer with BBC News.

The panel:

Sean Ryan is the associate editor of The Sunday Times, he formerly served as foreign editor.

Emma Beals is a freelance journalist and a member of the founding committee of Frontline Freelance Register (FFR).

Fabio Bucciarelli is a documentary photographer focusing on conflicts and the humanitarian consequences of war. Recently he has covered events in Africa and the Middle East, including the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Mani is a freelance filmmaker and photojournalist. He has worked in South Asia and the Middle East and since 2011 he focused on documenting the conflict in Syria mainly for Channel 4 News.

This event is organised in partnership with the Overseas Press Club of America.