Media Invitation - Kidnapped, Threatened, Under Fire: Three journalists confront the realities of reporting in conflict zones

    Limited number of seats reserved for working media

    TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - There are a limited number of seats reserved
for working media wishing to cover the sold-out Canadian Journalism Foundation
event on April 21 in Toronto, "Kidnapped, Threatened, Under Fire: Three
journalists confront the realities of reporting in conflict zones," featuring
Mellissa Fung, Lisa LaFlamme and Graeme Smith.

    CBC News correspondent Derek Stoffel, who was previously scheduled to
join the panel, will not be able to attend.

    Event Description:

    Canadians were both shocked and relieved last November when they learned
that CBC reporter Mellissa Fung was home safe after suffering through a
month-long hostage ordeal in Afghanistan. The case raised national awareness
of the dangers of reporting in conflict zones, as well as questions
surrounding the protection of our own journalists. What are the dangers,
beyond the obvious safety threats? How are journalists and their employers
prepared to face them? Should we set limitations on coverage for safety's

    We get the reaction from three reporters who've been there and back:
Mellissa Fung is joined by CTV national correspondent Lisa LaFlamme and Globe
and Mail reporter Graeme Smith to discuss their experiences. The panel will be
moderated by Sally Armstrong, author of two books about Afghanistan: Veiled
Threat and Bitter Roots Tender Shoots.


    -   Mellissa Fung, CBC News, The National;
    -   Lisa LaFlamme, CTV National News;
    -   Graeme Smith, The Globe and Mail;
    -   Sally Armstrong, Human rights activist, journalist and award-winning
        writer (moderator).

    WHERE:    George Ignatieff Theatre, University of Toronto, 15 Devonshire

    WHEN:     Tuesday, April 21, 2009.  Presentation 6:30-8:00 p.m.,
              Reception 8:00-9:00

For further information:

For further information: Working media should contact the CJF directly:
Heather McCall, Program Manager, CJF, (416) 955-0630 or

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