Media Advisory - The Fourth Estate: The Media and Democratic Development

    OTTAWA, Oct. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - For some journalists, being under the gun
has nothing to do with a deadline. The free flow of information is the
lifeblood of democracy. Without press freedom, democratic development is an
unattainable goal. As part of the International Development Research Centre
(IDRC) Speaker Series, IDRC will host The Fourth Estate: The Media and
Democratic Development, a roundtable discussion of journalists from the
developing world who have been up against apartheid, tyranny, censorship,
corruption, and other enemies of democracy. The conference will be held at
IDRC new headquarters at 150 Kent Street (at Albert), November 2, from 1 p.m.
to 3 p.m. in the 8th floor auditorium.
    Hear women's community radio station manager Humaira Habib from
Afghanistan, investigative journalist Alejandra Matus (Chile), pioneering
blogger Hossein 'Hoder' Derakhshan (Iran), and seasoned newspaper editor
Mathatha Tsedu (South Africa) relate their personal experiences as part of The
Fourth Estate: The Media and Democratic Development. Carleton University
journalism professor Allan Thompson, editor of The Media and the Rwanda
Genocide, will moderate the dialogue. French and English simultaneous
interpretation will be available.
    The IDRC Speaker Series features provocative presentations on issues of
social justice and international development from speakers with worldwide
reputations. The 2007-2008 series focuses on building democracy in developing
countries. Past guests have included Nobel-Prize laureate Amartya Sen,
Professor M.S. Swaminathan, the Father of India's "Green Revolution," and
former British diplomat Rory Stewart. Upcoming guests include the former
President of Chile, Ricardo Lagos, Kenyan anti-corruption campaigner John
Githongo, IDRC President Maureen O'Neil.
    The event is open to the media. Spaces are limited and journalists are
encouraged to register by calling Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé at 613-236-6163,
ext. 2343.
    For more information on the IDRC Speaker Series, visit

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For more than
35years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous

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For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 816-7620,

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