Pushing Back: Next Generation of Journalists in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

April 21, 2016
03:30 pm - 05:00 pm



An event with the Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows 

Featuring Vaclav Havel Fellows

  •  Safie Ablyaeva, Ukraine
  • Knar Khudoyan, Armenia
  • Ihar Losik, Belarus
  • Diana Munasipova, Russia

Moderated by

  • Josh Machleder, USAID

Opening remarks by

  • Czech Embassy Deputy Chief of Misison Jaroslav Zajicek,
    RFE/RL representative

In a media environment characterized by rapid changes in technology, a collapse of the business model for independent media, and growing censorship from authoritarian governments, young journalists face seemingly overwhelming challenges. Yet, a steady group of brave and innovative champions continues to be drawn to the profession, driven by the same pursuit of truth, transparency, human rights, and the sense of adventure that has motivated generations of journalists before them.

Join us for a conversation with some of the leading young journalists of Eastern Europe and Eurasia about their experiences, their perspectives on the role of journalism in their home countries, and what they see in the future of their profession. What motivates them to continue in this increasingly difficult profession? How do they confront the growing threats meted out by hostile governments? How do they deal with the risk and financial uncertainty that goes with being a journalist today?

The Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship is an initiative of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and is generously supported by the Dagmar and Vaclav Havel Foundation VIZE97. Inspired by the late Czech leader’s belief in the transformational power of free speech and building on RFE/RL’s legacy of promoting more open societies through journalism, the Fellowship is targeted at young journalists from countries within RFE/RL’s broadcast region.