Zaffar Abbas has been Editor of Dawn, Pakistan’s oldest and most prestigious English language newspaper since 2010. He previously worked for several news organisations, including the BBC. He has covered Pakistan and the region including civil war in Afghanistan from the days of the Soviet occupation. He campaigns for safety of journalists in a volatile country, and for media code of ethics at all levels.

Tarek Atia is the CEO and Founder of Egypt Media Development Program (EMDP), which offers professional development services to the Egyptian and regional media sector. EMDP is also the publisher of Mantiqti (My Neighbourhood), Egypt’s first hyperlocal print newspaper covering downtown Cairo. For two decades, Atia has been a journalist, trainer and online innovator.

Yael de Haan is senior researcher at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. She completed her PhD on media regulation and accountability. In addition to her work as a researcher and senior lecturer at the school of journalism in Utrecht, she is member of the Dutch Press Council.

Sanela Hodžić has been involved in the numerous research projects tackling with issues such as labour relations, media freedom and economic and political pressures, hate speech, communication practices and e-governance at the level of local communities in Bosnia and Hercegovina, etc. (most of the reports available at: His report was produced within Mediacentar Sarajevo.

Franz Krüger is adjunct professor and director of the Wits Radio Academy at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. A journalist of some 30 years’ experience in various countries, he is also the ombud for the Mail & Guardian newspaper and a member of the SA Press Council.

Ahmed Montasser is Director of Training & Visual Productions at Egypt Media Development Program (EMDP). Since 2008 he has helped hundreds of print journalists learn photo and video skills at media organisations such as Al Ahram and Akhbar Al Yom. He also helped introduce leaner video production systems to Egyptian Radio and Television Union and others.

Marcelo Moreira has been a journalist since 1991 and worked as investigative reporter for the main newspapers in Brazil. He is editor-in-chief of local broadcasts for Globo TV, in Rio de Janeiro. He is the former president and now board member of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (ABRAJI). He has been a board member of the International News Safety Institute (INSI) since 2005.

Sven Egil Omdal is a former president of the Norwegian Press Council and also of the Norwegian Union of Journalists. He has worked as a journalist and editor of several newspapers, and is currently a syndicated columnist at Stavanger Aftenblad. An author of several books, he also edited the comprehensive report “Journalistikk og demokrati” (Journalism and Democracy) published by the Free Speech Foundation (”Fritt Ord”) in 2013.

Bill Orme is a writer and strategic communications consultant in Brooklyn, New York. A former executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and correspondent for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Economist, Bill worked for the past decade as spokesman and media development policy advisor for the United Nations Development Programme.

Gregorio Salazar has been a professional newspaper journalist for more than 30 years in Venezuela. He is former Secretary General of the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Prensa (National Union of Press Workers) (SNTP) and former Coordinator of the Regional Office of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) for Latin America, based in Caracas. He is a columnist for the newspaper Tal Cual.

Balazs Weyer is the chairman of Editors’ Forum Hungary, a media self-regulation initiative in Hungary. As founder and editor-in-chief of Hungary’s market leading online news source, he left the media outlet after 13 years in 2011. He is also a lecturer of media ethics, investigative journalism and media technology at various institutions in Hungary and elsewhere and a consultant of media companies.