This event will be held virtually via Zoom: http://www.asc.upenn.edu/ascmediariskevents. The meeting will go live at 12pm, and participants will be muted on entry. Questions for the Q&A portion should be submitted through the chat function.
While South Sudan’s civil war has produced the largest displacement in Africa since the Rwandan genocide, it remains one of the most difficult countries for journalists to access and freely report on. Ranked 138th in the world on Reporters without Borders’ press freedom index, South Sudan is a microcosm of many of the challenges facing journalists trying to report on conflict. Declining funding for foreign reporting generally, enthusiastic repression by the state and ambivalent relationships with humanitarians and the United Nations form part of a complicated and exhausting professional world in which reporting war becomes increasingly precarious. Richard Stupart, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Media at Risk, explores some of these challenges, and the lessons they present for navigating some of modern journalism’s riskiest beats.