National Press Club

World Press Freedom Index

World Press Freedom Index

February 11, 2015 3:00 PM

Location: First Amendment Lounge

Reporters Without Borders will publish the

World Press Freedom Index 2015
on February 12, 2015

Press conference on
World Press Freedom Index 2015
On February 11, 2015 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm EST
At the National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge
529 14th Street, NW - 13th Floor - Washington, DC 20045

The annual report (under embargo until 0:01am EST) will be introduced by Delphine Halgand, Reporters Without Borders USA Director highlighting the significant trends, rises and falls of countries in the 2015 World Press Freedom Index.

The panelists of the discussion will be:

- Ali Rezaian, brother of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post Tehran Bureau Chief who has been detained in Iran since July 22, 2014. Jason Rezaian has now been held longer than any previous Western journalist in Iran. No charges have been brought against him. He was denied the most basic rights, including the services of a lawyer. Throughout this time he has been held in solitary confinement and suffered through many untreated health issues.

- Raza Rumi, Pakistani columnist, analyst and journalist. On March 28 2014, two unidentified gunmen opened fire on Raza Rumi, a highly vocal critic of the Taliban and religious extremists groups, leaving his driver dead and guard injured. Raza is now consulting editor of The Friday Times and senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.

As space is limited, please RSVP to Leigh Coventry Burke: leigh@rsf.org
Address media inquiries to Delphine Halgand: delphine@rsf.org

About the World Press Freedom Index
The World Press Freedom Index that Reporters Without Borders published every year since 2002 measures the level of freedom of information in 180 countries. It reflects the degree of freedom that journalists, news organizations and netizens enjoy in each country, and the efforts made by the authorities to respect and ensure respect for this freedom.

About Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is the largest press freedom organization in the world with almost 30 years of experience. Thanks to its unique global network of 150 local correspondents investigating in 130 countries, 11 national offices (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, USA) and a consultative status at the United Nations and UNESCO, Reporters Without Borders is able to have a global impact by gathering and providing on the ground intelligence, conducting cybersecurity workshops, and defending and assisting news providers all around the world.

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For More Information On This Event, Contact:

Delphine Halgand
202-256-5613
delphine@rsf.org