Aida Al-Kaisy is a media reform consultant, working on media development projects across the MENA region including in Iraq and Jordan. Her projects include focusing on youth engagement, media in conflict, social cohesion and reconciliation and sustainable independent journalism.

Ceren Sözeri is Associate Professor at the Communications Department of Galatasaray University where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She received her Ph.D. from Marmara University. She writes on political economy of media, press freedom and ethics. She is the EJN’s Turkey representative and a supporter of the Ben Gazeteciyim [I am a journalist] initiative for solidarity.

Besa Luci is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Kosovo 2.0, a leading online and print title covering current affairs, arts, social and cultural issues. Besa holds a BA in political science/ international relations and journalism/mass communications from the American University in Bulgaria, and an MA in journalism/magazine writing from the Graduate School of Journalism, University of Missouri.

Francesca Marchese is a London-based Italian journalist covering news on Italians abroad. Her working focus is breaking stereotypes and strengthening solidarity. She is membership secretary of the NUJ London Freelance Branch. She has worked with European Students’ Forum and is a former Erasmus scholar with connections around the world.

Jean-Paul Marthoz is a Belgian journalist and writer. A columnist with Le Soir (Brussels) he teaches international journalism at the Université catholique de Louvain. Author of Terrorism and the Media (UNESCO, 2017) he has been European press director for Human Rights Watch and EU correspondent for the Committee to Protect Journalists. He is an editorial adviser to the EJN.

Aidan White is the founding Director of the Ethical Journalism Network in 2018. He has worked as a journalist in the UK including for The Guardian and for 24 years was the General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists based in Brussels.

James Ball has worked in political, data and investigative journalism in the US and UK for BuzzFeed, The Guardian and the Washington Post in a career spanning TV, digital, print and alternative media. His reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the Scripps Howard Prize, the British Journalism Award for investigative reporting. His latest book, “Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered The World” was released in May 2017.

Korieh Duodo is a media law specialist, qualified at the English and Ghanaian bars. He was
an in house lawyer with Guardian newspapers, and has worked with leading media law rms in England. He has now founded his own law practice, Egality Law, which has offices in Ghana and is soon to be registered in the UK also. Korieh is the author of Defamation, Law Procedure and Practice, 2010 Sweet & Maxwell, and an editor of Clerk & Lindsell on Torts.

Chris Elliott is the former managing editor and readers’ editor of The Guardian. He was part of the team that won the UKPG Team Reporting Award for the Jonathan Aitken investigation. He has also served on the board of the International News Safety Institute (INSI) and the Nomination Committee of the Reuters Founders Share Company until 2015. He also chaired the accreditation committee of the NCTJ, the United Kingdom’s major journalism training body.


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