REPORTERS AT RISK: IN HONOR OF EVAN GERSHKOVICH - Earlier this year, Wall Street Journal correspondent Evan Gershkovich was arrested while reporting in Russia and falsely charged with espionage. Now, over six months later, he remains detained in a Russian prison, with his appeals denied and no clear end in sight.
Evan is not alone. His case reflects a broader global trend of press freedom and security under assault. From authoritarian crackdowns on speech, to organized crime and corruption, to ongoing wars in Ukraine and Israel-Gaza, journalists today face a fraught reporting landscape of danger and uncertainty.
Foreign correspondents, in particular, undertake significant personal and professional risks to deliver the news. Often stationed on the frontlines of conflict and crisis, these journalists experience physical, psychological, and political threats across assignments and over the course of their careers, including harassment, violence, detainment, imprisonment, and other harms.
Yet, despite these obstacles, they persist. Why do they continue? What makes reporting worth the risk? How do correspondents maintain courage through adversity, and how can we instill resilience in future generations of reporters?
Please join the Atlantic Council, in partnership with Adrienne Arsht, for a conversation on reporters at risk in honor of Evan Gershkovich. This event convenes leading journalists for a series of discussions about the challenges that foreign correspondents face in their work and the importance of building reporter resilience amid mounting threats to media freedom. It also serves to raise awareness for Evan’s plight and mobilize support for his release from Russian detainment.
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 11/07/23