Conflict Reporting: Safety and Security in the Field

Location: Photoville Pavilion

Date: Sunday, September 20th

Time: 1:30PM-2:30PM

Featuring: Christina Piaia (Moderator), Sawyer Alberi, Ron Haviv, and Robert Mahoney

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.

While this panel does not require advance registration, seating in the Photoville Pavilion is first come first served so we recommend you arrive promptly.

Hondros_Identity resized Christina Piaia serves as Board President of the Chris Hondros Fund, which advances the work of photojournalists and raises awareness of the issues facing conflict reporters. Christina is a public interest attorney practicing in New York City with a focus on international human rights and a former photo editor for the Associated Press.

RISC logo w_texture_WEB 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.

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Photo: John Stanmeyer/VII

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

In the last three decades, Haviv has covered more than twenty-five conflicts and worked in over one hundred countries. He has published three critically acclaimed collections of photography, and his work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries, including the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Haviv’s photographs are in the collections at The Houston Museum of Fine Arts and George Eastman House amongst others as well as numerous private collections.

cpj-logo-400px 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.