wednesday 25 april: what’s on at the festival

Starting from day one, the International Journalism Festival addresses the problems and scenarios that media organizations and journalists all over the world have to face in 2012.

The life of journalists forced to flee their homeland once they reach the chosen country of exile is explained in a panel (3 pm, Hotel Brufani) involving four journalists who live in Italy with the status of political refugee and France 24 journalist Robert Philomé, who fled from Haiti to France. The moderator is former italian Ministry of Justice, Claudio Martelli.

An alternative account of the enduring economic crisis by independent voices, rather than mainstream media is given in a discussion (4.30 pm, Centro Servizi G. Alessi) with Andrea Boda (, journalist and author Roberta Carlini, Philippe Frémeaux (Alternatives Economiques) and Pietro Reitano (altreconomia).

The figure of the ‘journalactivist’, who merges reporting and human rights protection, is addressed in a panel discussion (5 pm, Sala Lippi) organized in association with Amnesty International Italy: a pressing issue at a time in which those who choose to defend human rights face intimidation, censure, arrest and in many cases death.

The use of mobile phones for reporting (2 pm) and that of videocameras to create 2.0 video reportages (5 pm) are the topics of two workshops held at Hotel Sangallo by videographer Guy Degen and Mediaset foreign correspondent and photographer Alfredo Macchi.

Before dinner, don’t miss the conversation (7 pm, Hotel Brufani) between Concita De Gregorio and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Isabel Wilkerson, who will be talking about her New York Times bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns, just published in Italian by Il Saggiatore under the title Al calore di soli lontani, and much more.

Read the full programme.