Irina Bokova

Irina Bokova is Director-General of UNESCO. A former Bulgarian ambassador to France and Monaco she was elected for four years in 2009.

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John McMillan

Professor John McMillan has recently been appointed Australia's Information Commissioner. He was previously the Commonwealth of Australia's Ombudsman. He is a member of the Administrative Review Council, which advises the Attorney-General on administrative law matters.

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Toby Mendel

Toby Mendel is the executive director of the Center for Law and Democracy, a Canadian-based human rights non-governmental organisation.

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Aidan White

Aidan White is the general secretary of the International Federation of Journalists based in Brussels, Belgium. 

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Francis Herman

Francis oversees the implementation of the ‘Vois Blong Yumi’ project with Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation.

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Julie Kinross

Julie Kinross was appointed as Queensland Information Commissioner on 30 July 2009. 

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Abdul Waheed Khan

As Assistant Director-General, Abdul Waheed Khan has led UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector since 2001.

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Rick Snell

Rick Snell is a senior lecturer in public law at the Law School, University of Tasmania. His principal area of interest is administrative law but he has published and studied in a wide number of areas (including history, politics and the South Pacific).

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Alexandra Föderl-Schmid

Dr Alexandra Föderl-Schmid is editor-in-chief of the daily Der Standard in Vienna.

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Michelle Johnston

Michelle has been a lecturer in film, television and screen arts at Curtin University of Technology since 2000. Prior to her academic career she worked in television production with the ABC, CBC and Channel 9.

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Edetaen Ojo

Edetaen Ojo is Executive Director of Media Rights Agenda (MRA), an NGO based in Lagos, which works to promote media freedom and freedom of expression. 

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Guy Berger

Professor Guy Berger is head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. 

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Frank La Rue

Frank La Rue is the United Nation´s Special Rapporteur of Freedom of Opinion and Expression. Holder of a postgraduate degree in US foreign policy from Johns Hopkins University, he has worked on human rights for the past 25 years.

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Ramzi Khoury

Ramzi Khoury was born in Jordan. He is a strategic communications consultant, journalist and columnist.

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Zuhair Al-Jezairy

Zuhair Al-Jezairy was born in 1945 in Najef, Iraq and got a degree in German literature at Baghdad University.

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Ulla Carlsson

Dr Ulla Carlsson, Professor and Director of the Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research and the International Cleaninghouse on Children, Youth and Media at University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

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Taranath Dahal

Taranath Dahal is chair of the Freedom Forum and of the Citizen's Campaign for Right to Information in Nepal.

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David Banisar

David Banisar is senior legal counsel for Article 19. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a visiting research fellow at the School of Law, University of Leeds.

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Lisa Williams-Lahari

Lisa Williams-Lahari is a Pacific journalist and media activist with a background in print and television and experience in radio journalism who now sets up office where ever she can find a power source and an internet connection.

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Rhonda Breit

Dr Rhonda Breit is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland.

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Joe Ludwig

Senator Joe Ludwig was born in Longreach, Qld.  He is married, lives in Brisbane with his wife and two daughters and began his career as an Industrial Inspector and Training Consultant, before moving to the Queensland Branch of the Australian Workers’ Union .

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David Robie

Dr David Robie is an associate professor in journalism and communication studies and director of the Pacific Media Centre at the AUT University School of Communication Studies.

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Valentina Al-Alma

Valentina Al-ama, Ma'an Network Communications and Projects Director since 2005, received her BA in accounting at Bethlehem University, where she worked as an accountant during 2000 - 2003.

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Nadezhda Azhgikhina

Nadezhda Azhgikhina has been the executive secretary of the Russian Union of Journalists since 2003.

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Marie-Noelle Ferrieux Patterson

Born in France, Marie-Noelle Ferrieux Patterson is the president of Transparency International Vanuatu, and is also a founding member of the Vanuatu chapter of this globally - respected human rights NGO.

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Dan Southerland

Dan Southerland is vice president and executive editor of congressionally funded Radio Free Asia, which provides news and information to Asian listeners whose governments restrict the media. 

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Michael Bromley

Professor Michael Bromley is the Head of the School of Journalism and Communication and Professor of Journalism at The University of Queensland.

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Rozlana Taukina

In January 1993, she was foundress and president of the popular and independent TV company “TOTEM” in Almaty. The station was closed in spite of holding a licence for TV and radio frequences in January 1998.

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Stephen Quinn

Associate Professor Stephen Quinn of Deakin University has taught journalism at universities in Australia , the United Kingdom , New Zealand , the United Arab Emirates and the United States since 1996.

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John Rodsted

Photographer John Rodsted, borne 1961 in Melbourne Australia, has documented the humanitarian impacts of landmines, cluster munitions and other unexploded ordnance in some of the most war torn regions on earth for almost 30 years.

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Martin Hadlow

Associate Professor Martin Hadlow gained an MA (Mass Communications) from Leicester University, UK. He has also studied as a Professional Development Associate at the East-West Centre in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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Leo Bowman

Associate Professor Leo Bowman has worked in print, radio and television journalism in the Queensland regions and in Brisbane.

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Michael Meadows

Michael Meadows worked as a print and broadcast journalist based in Brisbane for 10 years before moving into journalism education in the late 1980s.

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Robert Mukombozi

Investigative journalist Robert Mukombozi has covered wars, corruption and killings in Rwanda , Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Katy Le Roy

Katy Le Roy is Nauru ’s Parliamentary Counsel. She holds a BA (Hons) and LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and is about to complete her PhD on Constitution Making. From 2006, Katy served as UNDP adviser to Nauru ’s constitutional review process, assisting a Parliamentary Committee to design an inclusive process of constitutional review.

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Lynda McCaffery

Lynda McCaffery TAA (CDU) BA Hons (USyd) MEd (JCU) is the Head of Media at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in the Northern Territory.

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Nelson Conboy

Nelson Conboy is one of nine directors of the Indigenous Community Television (ICTV), representing both coastal and central remote communities around Australia.

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Susan Moylan-Coombs

Susan Moylan-Coombs is the executive producer of ABC Television’s Indigenous Programs Unit, a department established in 1987 for the production and purchasing of programs that explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.

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Paul Cutler

Paul Cutler, who is director of news and current affairs for SBS Television & Radio in Sydney, has been in journalism for 40 years and has lived and worked on five continents.

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Heaton Dyer

Heaton Dyer is the executive director of programming, strategy and innovation at CBC News. He has been a news executive in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Britain, working for public broadcasters (CBC, ABC, SBS & TVNZ) as well as commercial networks (Nine, Seven, CNBC and Sky News UK).

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Duncan McCue

Duncan McCue has been a TV news reporter at Canada 's public broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), for a dozen years. His award-winning news and current affairs piece are featured on CBC’s flagship news program, The National.

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Patrick Malone

Patrick Malone is one of the early founders of Indigenous media, and has been heavily involved with the ABC, AICA and their contribution to the development of Indigenous radio and communications in Australia.

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Trevor Cullen

Dr Trevor Cullen, Associate Professor of Journalism, coordinates the journalism program at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia.

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Michelle Lovegrove

Michelle Lovegrove (aka Michelle Aleksandrovics) is the Executive Producer of the SBS Aboriginal Program, in the Audio and Language Content division.

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Brenda Nadjiwan

Brenda Nadjiwan is member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. She is a founding member of the Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Reflection (SABAR), a group of national broadcasters, of which she is presently chair.  


Amy McQuire

Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander from Rockhampton in Queensland. She joined the National Indigenous Times as a cadet journalist at 17 where within two weeks she was named on her first police search warrant.

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Carol van Valkenburg

Carol Van Valkenburg is a professor of journalism and the print journalism chair at the University of Montana (UM) School of Journalism in Missoula, Montana, USA.

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Gail Phillips

Associate Professor Gail Phillips teaches broadcast journalism in the School of Media Communication & Culture at Murdoch University. She spent 14 years working in commercial and public sector radio at local and national levels.

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Te Anga Nathan

Te Anga Nathan, who is Maori Television’s General Manager of News and Current Affairs, is passionate about promoting the broadcasting of indigenous voices.

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Minelle Mahtani

Minelle Mahtani is associate professor at the Department of Geography and Planning and the Program in Journalism at the University of Toronto.

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Lynda McCaffery

Lynda McCaffery TAA (CDU) BA Hons (USyd) MEd (JCU) is Head of Media at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in the Northern Territory.

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Michael Williams

Michael Williams is a member of the Gooreng Gooreng Aboriginal community from the country between Gladstone and Bundaberg in southeast Queensland.

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Heather Stewart

Heather Stewart is the Indigenous Voice project leader. She is a University of Queensland School of Journalism and Communication journalism lecturer.

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Linda Chellew

Linda Chellew is the manager of the Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA), a national peak body advocating for the needs of the remote Indigenous media and communications sector.

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Expelled journalist tells his tale

Investigative journalist Robert Mukombozi has been arrested, kidnapped and shot at. In April 2008 he was deemed persona non grata and given five minutes to leave Rwandan soil. He has not seen his family since. Hear his tale of press freedom in our interactive timeline.


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