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Technology has made possible new forms of transnational investigative journalism and fueled the rise of new digital media organizations in the U.S. and around the world. Yet more journalists are imprisoned around the world than at any time in recent history, censorship is on the rise, and government-run disinformation campaigns are undermining public understanding and fueling distrust in the media. Two leading figures in global journalism help make sense of this confusing and contradictory environment, and discuss how their organizations find unique opportunities to make an impact within this challenging and ever-changing landscape. Gerard Ryle is the director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which supports teams of journalists as they pursue groundbreaking investigations like the Panama Papers. Joel Simon is the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, which fights for press freedom and the rights of journalists in the United States and around the world.

LFLA Members are invited to enjoy an exclusive reception preceding the program at 6:30 PM.

Gerard Ryle

Gerard Ryle is ICIJ’s director. He led the worldwide teams of journalists working on the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers investigations, the biggest in journalism history. Under his leadership over the past seven years, ICIJ has become one of the best-known journalism brands in the world. Reporters Without Borders has described Ryle’s work with ICIJ as “the future of investigative journalism worldwide” when naming him as one of “100 information heroes” of worldwide significance. Before joining as ICIJ’s first non-American director in September 2011, Ryle spent more than 20 years working as an investigative reporter and editor in Australia. His work as a journalist began in his native Ireland. He was later a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan, and in 2013 he accepted an honorary doctorate from the University of Liege, on behalf of ICIJ. Ryle is a book author and TED speaker and he has won or shared in more than 50 journalism awards from seven different countries, including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, three George Polk Awards, and honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, Overseas Press Club of America, the New York Press Club, the Barlett and Steele Awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and Harvard University. He and his ICIJ colleagues also shared an Emmy Award with the U.S. television program 60 Minutes.


Joel Simon

Joel Simon has been the executive director of Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) since 2006. Simon has led the organization through a period of expansion, helping to launch the Global Campaign Against Impunity, establish a Journalist Assistance program and an Emergencies Department, and spearhead CPJ’s defense of press freedom in the digital space through the creation of dedicated Technology Program. Simon has participated in CPJ missions around the world, from Argentina  to Zimbabwe. He has written widely on press freedom issues for publications including Slate, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, World Policy Journal, Asahi Shimbun, and The Times of India. He is a regular columnist for Columbia Journalism Review.  He is the author of the three books, Endangered Mexico (Sierra Club Books, 1997); The New Censorship (Columbia University Press, 2015); and We Want to Negotiate: Inside the Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages, and Ransom (Columbia Global Reports, forthcoming, January 2019).


Alex Cohen

Alex Cohen was formerly the local host of “Morning Edition”, NPR’s most popular show. Prior to that, she was co-host of KPCC’s “Take Two” and “All Things Considered.” Currently, Cohen has joined Spectrum News as one of its morning anchors and to host a prime-time evening public affairs program.


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  • What is the reservation policy for ALOUD?

    As most ALOUD at Central Library programs are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at 7 PM.

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