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Press freedom subject of 2017 Gaines Family Lecture Series

Joel Simon, executive director of the international nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists, will speak at WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting at 7 p.m. April 3 in Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium.

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Simon will deliver the 13th annual John B. Gaines Family Lecture Series, which has hosted lectures by professional journalists at WKU since 2004. Simon, who has worked as a journalist throughout Latin American and led CPJ for 11 years, will speak about the nonprofit’s work to advocate for journalists around the world and more recent efforts examining threats to freedom of the press in the U.S. His talk, Trump & The Truth: Defending Press Freedom at Home & Abroad, will put the U.S. in an international context, examining parallels and patterns the organization has seen around the globe.

“Joel Simon’s presentation will provide students and the public with important international context to the discussions we are having here in the U.S. about the future of the free press,” said Journalism Professor Amanda J. Crawford. “No organization has their finger on the pulse of press freedom issues around the world more than CPJ. I think this talk will be timely and of interest to the entire WKU community and the public.”

The lecture is free and open to students and the public.

Read more about the lecture from WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting

Contact: Amanda Crawford, (270) 745-4144

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