Reporting in times of war

May 3, 2017

To mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2017, CFI is holding a conference at the Institut fran├žais in Tunis on press freedom in countries in crisis.


In 2016 and 2017, some twenty journalists from Libya, Yemen and Iraq reflected on issues relating to press freedom and the role of journalists in countries in crisis. Their discussions took place as part of the ILYM and 'HIWAR: perspectives on journalism in Libya' projects, run by CFI in partnership with the Institute for Research on the Mediterranean and the Middle East (IREMMO).

The conference Countries in crisis and press freedom is therefore the culmination of these two projects, which have enabled the journalists involved to discuss and reflect on these issues together and, on a number of occasions, with experts in the media or countries concerned.

At the conference, on 3 May 2017, the date on which press freedom is celebrated throughout the world, journalists from Tunisia, Yemen, Libya and Iraq will discuss their experiences and share their thoughts, to engage in shared reflection on the fundamental issues of ethics and integrity. In particular, this platform for discussion and debate will look at the essence of the journalism profession, its place in the democratic system, and the steps which journalists have taken or must take in order to protect press freedom and freedom of expression in crisis situations. Another subject for discussion will be the contribution of the press to the easing of tensions, preserving of civil peace and reconciliation.

This conference has been organised in partnership with the agency TAP (Agence Tunis Afrique Presse) and Reporters Without Borders, with financial support from the Crisis and Support Centre of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), which has also supported the ILYM and 'HIWAR projects.

Follow the conference at #HiwarLibya