RWB & NYWIFT Conference Invitation - 101K

Thursday, May 3, 2007
World Press Freedom Day

Reporters Without Borders and New York Women in Film & Television present:
Reporters at risk: How they get the story
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
230 West 41st Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), Room 308

2006 was the deadliest year for the media since 1994, with 82 journalists killed. More than 130 are imprisoned around the world simply for doing their job- keeping us informed. With the chaos surrounding news coverage today -reporters killed or held hostages by groups in conflict, governments jailing journalists for one word or picture too many, cyberdissidents behind bars for chatting online, blogging or sending emails promoting democracy or political debate, and drug traffickers or corrupt local politicians getting rid of reporters investigating their whereabouts - just how do reporters overcome these dangers to get the story? What is risked to protect the people's right to know?

This panel will focus on the stories of three extremely brave reporters who know firsthand the risks of covering the news in hotspots like Iraq and China. Come listen to their provocative stories.

Dan Harris has anchored ABC World News Sunday since November 2006. He is a New York-based correspondent for such ABC News programming as World News with Charles Gibson, Good Morning America, Nightline, ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio. Harris joined
ABC in March 2000 and has reported from Pakistan, Afghanistan, South Korea, Israel, Gaza, the West Bank and Iraq. Prior to joining ABC News, Harris was an anchor at New England Cable News (NECN). His awards include an Associated Press Award for political coverage, a regional Emmy for feature stories and a DuPont Award for in-depth coverage.

Qinglian He is a widely published journalist from Shenzhen City, China, whose 1998 book, The Pitfall of China, turned her into a politically sensitive figure in her native land. The government of Shenzhen banned the media from reporting about her or her book, she lost her job as an editor and the publishing houses that printed her work were closed. Beginning in January 2000, a group of agents from the State Security Bureau of Shenzhen City began 24-hour surveillance of He, forcing her to flee to the U.S. in June, 2001, where she continues to write about Chinese economic, political and social issues.

Nancy Youssef joined the Washington Bureau for McClatchy newspapers in August 2005, and serves there as Baghdad bureau chief. Previously, she was a reporter for the Detroit Free Press and while there she traveled throughout Jordan and Iraq for Knight Ridder, covering the Iraq war. She began her journalism career at the Baltimore Sun and has won awards for her work from the Maryland-D.C. Delaware Press Association and the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, among others. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, her parents are from Egypt, and she has been visiting the region all of her life.

Marquita Pool-Eckerts' (moderator) long affiliation with CBS News includes 16 years as a Senior Producer on the Peabody Award-winning CBS News Sunday Morning. She also served as producer for The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather for 13 years, turning out stories on national news events, economics and politics, in addition to international events in Europe, the
Middle East, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. She has been recognized with 12 Emmy Awards: eight as Sunday Morning Sr. Producer and four as CBS Evening News Producer. Recently retired from the network, Pool-Eckert now teaches at Columbia University and Hunter College.

The panel will also feature Terry Lawler, NYWIFT Executive Director and Tala Dowlatshahi, New York Director, Reporters Without Borders USA.

This program is co-sponsored by NYWIFT and Reporters Without Borders. Reporters Without Borders is an international press freedom organization that defends press freedom worldwide. The organization, kept on constant alert via its network of over 130 correspondents, rigorously condemns any attack on press freedom, lobbies to obtain the release of jailed journalists, supports threatened journalists and their needy families, fights to reduce the use of censorship, including Internet censorship. The organization also works to improve the safety of journalists worldwide and to support independent media. Reporters Without Borders strives to assist efforts to bring murderers and torturers of journalists to justice. On the occasion of May 3, World Press Freedom Day, Reporters Without Borders will be releasing a list of press freedom predators. Go to for more information.

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is the preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York City. Dedicated to helping women reach the highest levels of achievement in film, television and new media, and promoting equity for women in these industries, NYWIFT produces over fifty innovative programs and special events each year. NYWIFT's 1500 members are part of a network of forty international women in film organizations, representing more than 10,000 members worldwide.

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Free for NYWIFT members, students and journalists covering the panel
$10 for non-members
Photo I.D. required for entry

RSVP and Event Info:
Todd Lester
(917) 952-4933

For more information on Reporters Without Borders contact:
Lucie Morillon
Reporters Without Borders
Washington Director
Southern Railway Building
1500 K Street, N.W., Suite 600
Washington DC, 20005
Tel: 202 256 5613

Tala Dowlatshahi
New York Representative
917 239 0653

Todd Lester
New York Communications Officer
917 952 4933