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Empowering Independent Media: U.S. Efforts to Foster Free and Independent News Around the World

This event launched CIMA’s inaugural report Empowering Independent Media: U.S. Efforts to Foster Free and Independent News Around the World, which provides an in-depth assessment of media development efforts funded by the U.S. government and U.S.-based private donors.

The honorary co-hosts for the event were Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rep. Michael Pence (R-IN), co-founders of the Congressional Caucus for the Freedom of the Press.

Speakers included Senator Lugar, Representative Schiff, and Assistant Secretary David J. Kramer, with the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State. A panel discussion followed opening remarks, featuring Marguerite H. Sullivan, senior director, Center for International Media Assistance, David E. Kaplan, managing editor and principal writer of the report, Ellen Hume, research director, Center for Future Civic Media, MIT and Kurt Wimmer, senior vice president and general counsel, Gannett Co., Inc. Read the press release or download the report.


Introduction

Carl Gershman
President, National Endowment for Democracy
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Speakers

The Honorable Richard Lugar
U.S. Senate, Indiana
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The Honorable Adam Schiff
U.S. House of Representatives, 29th District, California
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The Honorable David J. Kramer
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State
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Panel Discussion

Marguerite H. Sullivan
Senior Director, Center for International Media Assistance, National Endowment for Democracy
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David E. Kaplan
Managing Editor, Principal Writer of Empowering Independent Media: U.S. Efforts to Foster Free and Independent News Around the World
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Ellen Hume
Research Director, Center for Future Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Kurt Wimmer
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Gannett Co., Inc.
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Moderated Q&A: Download the Video