Vigorous reporting and a free, open press play a vital role in preserving the rule of law by holding the powerful to account and protecting the public’s right to know. This has never been more true than today, with authoritarianism on the rise worldwide, growing instances of media harassment and capture, and a global pandemic triggering—or simply giving cover to—increasing press restrictions and crackdowns. 

This online event will featured journalists and experts from around the world with a first-hand view into these troubling dynamics. The webinar also highlighted the winner of the 2020 WJP Anthony Lewis Journalism Prize, whose corruption investigation sparked reform in Slovakia. The panelists discussed the importance of media freedom, the critical role investigative journalists play in uncovering corruption and promoting open societies, and how to promote an independent press when freedom of expression is under threat.

Watch the event recording below. Learn more about the event here.



Truth-tellers in Crisis: Protecting Independent Journalism

Event Recorded June 11, 2020



  • John Nery, Columnist and former editor, Philippine Daily Inquirer (moderator)
  • Carroll Bogert, President, The Marshall Project
  • Nishant Lalwani, Managing Director, Luminate
  • Pavla Holcová, Central Europe Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and founder of



Resources for Journalists Under Threat:


Committee to Protect Journalists:

Media Legal Defence Initiative:

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:

Reporters Without Borders:

Freedom of the Press Foundation:

International Federation of Journalists:

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression:

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