OSSIGENO, May 31, 2022 – Watch again at this link the recording of the Conference at the Casa del Jazz. Reflections on the protection of correspondents in war zones. Presentation of the 2022 Ossigeno Report on threatened journalists in 2021 and in the first months of 2022 – Support for reporters and free legal aid
The conference on “War, peace, information – The risks to journalists. The case of Ukraine” was held Thursday 9th June from 10:00 to 13:00 in Rome, at the Casa del Jazz – Viale di Porta Ardeatina 55
Producing quality journalism involves risks for journalists, both for those who work in war zones and for those who work in countries at peace such as Italy, where there is no war but where abuses and violence (largely unpunished) are committed against reporters in order to prevent the publication of discomforting information.
What is being done to reduce these risks? What more could be done? The topic will be discussed on Thursday 9th June from 10:00 to 13:00 in Rome, at the Casa del Jazz (Viale di Porta Ardeatina 55), in a conference entitled “War, peace, information – The risks of journalists. The case of Ukraine “.
The conference, organized by Ossigeno per l’Informazione in collaboration with the Lazio Order of Journalists will be available both in presence and online on the Ossigeno YouTube channel. Journalists registered through the Order of Journalists platform will receive training credits.
IN WAR – The first part of the discussion will be devoted to security issues raised by the war in Ukraine during which 30 foreign correspondents have been killed. The case of the Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli, killed in the Donbass in 2014, on whose death the Italian justice system was unable to shed light, as happens in almost all non-random killings of journalists in war zones, will be investigated. A documentary entitled “Ciao Andy” will be screened about Andrea Rocchelli. In addition, an updated edition will be published of the dossier which reconstructs the various phases of the criminal trial for the alleged perpetrators of his death, entitled “Wars, journalists killed and impunity”.
IN PEACE – The second part of the conference is dedicated to the intimidation and threats suffered in Italy by journalists. The Ossigeno Report 2022 on journalists threatened in 2021 and in the first months of 2022 will be published. It describes who the 384 threatened journalists identified by Ossigeno are and analyses the origins of the threats and their geographical distribution. Data will also be provided on the direct support activities that Ossigeno per l’informazione provides to journalists in difficulty due to intimidation, threats and spurious complaints and on other support activities by Ossigeno through the MAP (Monitoring Assistance Protection) project created in collaboration with the GMDF fund of UNESCO.
CONTRIBUTIONS – There are contributions by: Guido D’Ubaldo, president of the Journalists Order of Lazio; Lazzaro Pappagallo, secretary of the Rome Press Association; Gianpaolo Cadalanu, La Repubblica; Giuseppe F. Mennella, secretary of Ossigeno, the lawyer Andrea Di Pietro, coordinator of the Free Legal Aid Office of Ossigeno; Alberto Spampinato, president of Ossigeno per l’informazione (moderator) and the journalists who collaborate with Ossigeno Laura Turriziani, Raffaella della Morte, Giacomo Bertoni, and Grazia Pia Attolini