2nd February 2005

 

JOURNALISM CAMPAIGN TO FREE IMPRISONED JOURNALISTS

 

Teams of students from the University of Lincoln’s School of Journalism are to provide support and encouragement to imprisoned journalists jailed around the world and facing other threats.

 

The campaigns will be launched at a public meeting entitled ‘Journalists under threat: How can we help?’ at the university’s Cargill lecture theatre on Monday 7th  February in the main academic building, where a guest speaker from Amnesty International will reveal the names of three journalists whom students from the university will campaign to free.

 

The main speaker is Umit Ozturk, chair of Amnesty International’s Journalists Network, who has been a leading investigative journalist since 1986. He was subjected to torture on several occasions and even survived assassination attempts during his journalism career in Turkey during the 1990s.

 

He will be accompanied by Judith Vidal-Hall, editor of ‘Index on Censorship’, the leading journal campaigning for freedom of expression worldwide.

 

“The guest speakers will highlight the threats facing journalists in Britain and around the world and will bring details of three journalists whom the Lincoln School of Journalism will ‘adopt’,” said Richard Keeble, Professor of Journalism.

 

“I think it’s important for Journalism students to develop a global awareness and be aware of the bravery of many journalists who risk jail, torture and sometimes even death as they expose corruption. Adopting these journalists is one way of translating this awareness into constructive action.”

 

Sara Cropper (21), a third-year Journalism student at the university, is impressed with such a diverse approach to normal studying. “The meeting will be a very valuable insight into the background of campaigning and will promote a further understanding into the potential consequences of investigative journalism,” she said.

 

The lecture will take place at 6pm and admission is free. All are welcome and there is no need to book a place. For more information, contact Professor Richard Keeble on (01522) 886940 or email RKeeble@lincoln.ac.uk.

 

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(01522) 886625                       mcross@lincoln.ac.uk

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