UNESCO session – Speakers at a glance

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We are pleased to announce the speakers of a special session in cooperation with the UNESCO, that will take place on the second main conference day (Saturday, 18 July) from 11:00 until 13:00.

José Antonio Brambila from University of Sheffield, England will open the UNESCO session with his speech about ‘Boundary Control Strategies to Local News Media in the Mexican Provinces’. 

Michelle Betz is a senior media development consultant researcher. Her areas of expertise include media in conflict and post-conflict, military-media relations and election reporting. Betz has more than ten years of international experience, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. She has consulted for numerous organizations and UN agencies including UNESCO, OSCE, International Media Support, Institut Panos Europe and UNDP and has lived and worked in more than 20 countries and is currently based in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Paul Beighley is a Regional Medical Officer – Psychiatrist with the United States Department of State currently assigned to U.S. Embassy Vienna.  He has been a Foreign Service Officer for the last ten years and previously served in West Africa, the Middle East, and Washington DC. Dr. Beighley attended medical school at the University of Texas in San Antonio and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He has worked as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of Oklahoma and Florida Institute of Technology. The two of them will present the topic ‘But What about Me? Challenges in Support of Local Journalists During, and in the Aftermath of Psychologically Traumatizing Events’.

Reeta PöyhtäriUNESCO’s Expert for Journalists’ Safety Indicators, will give a speech about UNESCO’s Academic Research Agenda on Safety of Journalists’.

Mona Badran from Future University, Egypt will finish the UNESCO session with her topic ‘Violence Against Journalists: Suppressing Media Freedom’. Her research is investigating the present situation of journalism and free expression in Egypt, where official and non-official threats and attacks targeting journalists are still intact. Such acts result as a true challenge to press. In addition, this research aims at explaining and discussing in depth the reasons behind such trends and their relation and impact on the future of political freedom in Egypt, the most populous Arab country.

If you find our special UNESCO session interesting, we would be very pleased to see you at our conference in Berlin! http://gca2015.com/registration/

You also can find specific information about the programme following: http://gca2015.com/schedule/

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