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Memorial Lecture

Alworth Institute

Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture

This annual lecture, named in honor of the late Royal D. Alworth, Jr.'s life and interests, is designed to raise public understanding of a significant international topic.

This lecture is CANCELLED!  It will not be rescheduled in Spring 2019.

The 2018-2019 Memorial Lecture is Monday, March 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda at UMD.

Dr. Courtney Radsch, Advocacy Director for the Committee to Protect Journalists, will present Enemies of the People: How Attacks on Journalism Threaten Press Freedom Globally.

Dr. Courtney Radsch

The right of journalists to cover and report the news is essential to freedom of the press. The role of a free press and the work of journalists is considered necessary to the functioning of democracies. That right has been violated in recent years with the increase in authoritarianism, even in countries thought to be democratic.  This lecture is a crucial component of the Alworth Institute's 2018-2019 focus on  "Contemporary Challenges for News Media across the Globe."

Dr. Radsch serves as chief spokesperson on global press freedom issues for the CPJ and oversees its engagement with the United Nations, the Internet Governance Forum, and other multilateral institutions as well as CPJ's campaigns on behalf of journalists killed and imprisoned for their work. As a veteran journalist, researcher, and free expression advocate, she frequently writes and speaks about the intersection of media, technology, and human rights. Her book Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt: Digital Dissidence and Political Change was published in 2016.

Prior to joining CPJ, Radsch worked for UNESCO, edited the flagship publication "World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development," and managed the Global Freedom of Expression Campaign at Freedom House. She has worked as a journalist in the United States and Middle East with Al-Arabiya, the Daily Star, and The New York Times. Radsch holds a PhD in international relations from American University. She speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish.

You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyr.