Women on the front line in the fight for freedom of expression

2017-04-6 14:00:00 2017-04-6 15:00:00 Europe/Rome Women on the front line in the fight for freedom of expression #ijf17 Due donne, due storie di diritti negati, di persecuzioni e del prezzo che i regimi autoritari impongono a chi cerca verità e si batte per la libertà di espressione. Conosceremo la storia di Maryam Al-Khawaja, attivista che in Bahrain ha avuto un ruolo di primo piano nelle proteste di Piazza della Perla: mentre tornava in patria per visitare il padre, impegnato a protestare in carcere con uno sciopero della fame che lo aveva ridotto in fin di vita, è stata aggredita e incarcerata per 19 giorni, e poi costretta all’esilio per una condanna pretestuosa. E quella di Khadija Ismayilova, giornalista dell’Azerbaigian che, per essersi occupata della famiglia del presidente Alyev, ha subito ricatti e intimidazioni, fino all’arresto e alla condanna a sette anni nel 2015. Solo grazie a una mobilitazione internazionale di colleghi – tra cui Miranda Patrucic – e attivisti è tornata in libertà. A Khadija è impedito di lasciare l’Azerbaigian, interverrà via Skype. A moderare l’incontro la giornalista Marina Petrillo. Sala del Dottorato - Perugia

in conversation | with simultaneous translation in English and Italian

  • 14:00 - 15:00   thursday 6/04/2017

Sala del Dottorato

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Maryam Al-Khawaja
special advisor on human rights
Khadija Ismayilova
OCCRP (via Skype)
Miranda Patrucic
investigative reporter OCCRP
Marina Petrillo
journalist and author

Two women, two stories of denied rights, persecution, and the price that authoritarian regimes impose to those who seek truth and fight for freedom of expression.

Maryam Al-Khawaja is an activist who had a leading role in the 2011 democracy protests in Pearl Square, Bahrain. While she was returning to her country, to visit her father who was protesting his life sentence with a hunger strike which had almost led to his death, she was attacked and imprisoned for 19 days, and then forced into exile with a specious conviction.

Khadija Ismayilova is an Azerbaijan journalist who was intimidated and blackmailed, arrested and convicted to seven years in jail in 2015, for covering news about the family of President Aliyev. Thanks to an international mobilization of colleagues – including Miranda Patrucic – and activists, she was freed. Khadija is currently under a travel ban and cannot leave Azerbaijan. She will participate via Skype.

This session will be moderated by Marina Petrillo.









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