Amongst others, these will be the speakers at the Free Press Live - stand up for journalists and justice.

Diane Foley 

Photo Diane FoleyMother of American conflict journalist James Wright Foley, who was murdered in Syria in 2014. Diane Foley is the founder and president of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation. In 2015. Diane participated in the US hostage policy review with White House.

Seeking to continue the legacy and work of her son James Foley, the Foley Foundation has a three-fold mission. Advocating to bring home citizens taken hostage abroad, protecting the rights of independent conflict journalists and educating on the silent crises of hostage-taking, threats to freedom of speech, as well as on safety of international work for journalists and humanitarians. 


Natashya Gutierrez 

Photo of Natashya GutierrezShe is an investigative journalist and the bureau chief for South East Asia for Philippine news platform Rappler. Natashya Gutierrez's most recent work was a VR documentary – the first of its kind in the region – on the war between military troops and IS-funded terrorists in Marawi, in the south of the country. She has also done reporting on the network of online trolls, bloggers and vloggers with ties to the Philippine government, some of whom harassed her personally on Facebook. 

Natashya graduated from Yale University with a degree in psychology. She was awarded several journalism fellowships including the 2015 Asian Journalism Fellowship in Singapore, and the 2014 Reporting ASEAN fellowship. She received the Hildegarde Award for outstanding women in journalism in 2015. Natashya was recruited to work for Rappler by its co-founder, Maria Ressa. 


Sasha Rubel 

sasha_rubel_diamankaSasha Rubel is Regional Advisor for Communication and Information in the UNESCO Regional Office for West Africa (Sahel) based in Dakar. She is a key player in UNESCO’s mission to promote a culture of peace globally through the promotion of communication and information, and specifically through the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

Sasha facilitates training sessions in Mali, Burkina Faso and the Gambia, which aim to establish more professional relations between police, security personnel and journalists, fostering an enabling environment for freedom of expression for all citizens. 


Nani Jansen Reventlow

Photo Nani Jansen ReventlowNani Jansen Reventlow is an internationally recognised human rights lawyer who specializes in strategic litigation and freedom of expression. She is an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers in London and an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Nani has developed and delivered training sessions on freedom of expression and human rights litigation to dozens of lawyers from diverse jurisdictions, including India, Russia, Cambodia, Hungary, Botswana and Croatia. As Legal Director at the Media Legal Defence Initiative, she successfully defended Burkinabe journalist Lohé Issa Konaté, causing Burkina Faso to remove imprisonment as a penalty for defamation from its laws. Together with Amal Clooney, she represented Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova before the European Court of Human Rights against the state of Azerbaijan.



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