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. 

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Maria Ressa 

Photo Maria RessaMaria Ressa is co-founder and CEO of the Philipine independent news platform Rappler, and author of ‘Seeds of Terror’ a book based on a blow-by-blow account of the hideouts of Al-Qaeda in Asia. Nearly two decades ago she started out her career as an investigative reporter and bureau chief for CNN in the Philipines and Indonesia.

In 2005 she became the head of the News and Current Affairs department of  ABS-CBN, Philipine's largest multiplatform news operation. With Rappler, she took matters in her own hand and created a state of the art online news platform, primarily based on social media and interactivity. Her reports on government corruption and president Duterte's ruthless 'war on drugs' have cause her to be harassed on social media on a daily basis.  

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Sasha Rubel Diamanka 

sasha_rubel_diamankaSasha Rubel Diamanka 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. 

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Nani Jansen Reventlow

Photo Nani Jansen Reventlow

Nani 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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