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The McCain Institute for International Leadership,
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, and
The Embassy of the Czech Republic

invite you to join us for

Muzzled Media: Global Threats To Freedom Of The Press

Thursday, April 26, 2018
4:00pm ET

The McCain Institute for International Leadership
1800 I Street NW, Eighth Floor Events Pavilion
Washington, DC​

Global press freedom has come under extreme duress in recent years. With total autonomy over their own media infrastructure, Russia and China have ramped up their efforts to interfere in, and disrupt, the media environments of vulnerable countries. Around the world, illiberal democracies have severely cracked down on independent journalism outlets. Recently, even journalists and media outlets in western democracies are beginning to face unprecedented threats.

In the run-up to World Press Freedom Day on May 3, the McCain Institute for International Leadership, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Czech Embassy will host a round-table discussion to highlight the global crisis of press freedom and hash out potential solutions. The event will feature the Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows, who will discuss the increasing challenges they face when reporting from their home countries.

Light refreshments will be provided


Natalia Kondrashova (Russian Federation)
Mahmud Musali (Azerbaijan)
Raman Pratasevich (Belarus)
Glib Zhavoronkov (Ukraine)

Luke Knittig, Senior Director of Communications
The McCain Institute for International Leadership