Amid the historic Black Lives Matter protest and anti-police brutality demonstrations that broke out around the U.S. in the summer of 2020, I spoke with scores of media outlets about the unprecedented violence against journalists, including the BBC, Time, Fox News, Rolling Stone, DW, Al Jazeera, the Star Tribune, and the talk radio show Charlotte Talks on WFAE.
As the coronavirus pandemic spread around the world, so too did the crackdown on press freedom. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 I have spoken with outlets around the world about the conditions for journalists and the risk to press freedom posed by the virus itself and government responses to it. (See for example my interviews with the AP, VOA, DW (and a radio show PRX), Inside Arabia, etc. I also raised concerns about the potential impact of the surveillance regimes being rolled out to help combat and track the virus in an oped and numerous interviews (see for example this one with VOA)
In 2019, I spoke with CNN’s Brian Stelter about what it’s like to be a journalists targeted by trolls and the findings from CPJ’s survey of online harassment of women journalists. I also spoke with AP about the same issue. In 2016, I spoke with the AP about gender and press freedom and the launch of a special edition of Attacks on the Press focused on this topic.
I must have given hundreds of interviews related to the topic of President Trump and his treatment of journalists, disdain for press freedom and hostility toward the press, exemplified by the “fake news” mantra. From an interview about CPJ’s report on Trump’s media freedom record for Al Jazeera (April 2020) to a live interview for The Hill TV , the stories have been constant. In 2019, I spoke to NPR about the downgrading of the U.S. press freedom ranking, and to The Nation about how the world was becoming more dangerous for journalists. I spoke with TechCrunch about Samantha Bee’s “Not the White House Correspondents Dinner” and
CCTV interview about what can be done to protect journalists in the wake of the murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by ISIS militants in Syria
Is free speech under attack? I joined The Cycle on MSNBC to talk about growing concerns that journalists are being targeted more often over freedom of expression in Jan. 2015
Silver, Vernon. Cyber Attacks on Activists Traced to FinFisher Spyware of Gamma. 25 July 2012. Bloomberg.
Alpert, Emily. Twitter vs. secret diplomacy in the Chen Guangcheng saga. 5 May 2012. Los Angeles Times.
My interview about the importance of Twitter’s 5 year anniversary on Al Hurra’s Eye on Democracy program is here.
Press Freedom Day Notes Impact of Citizen Journalism. 29 April 2011. Voice of America: Washington, D.C.
Al Jazeera Inside Story: The Tool for Revolution? 21 Feb. 2011 interview about the role of social media in the Arab revolutions.
Aquina, Mia. Protesters around the world march against Egypt’s Mubarak. CNN. Also featured submission on solidarity protests via CNN iReport. 29 Jan. 2011. Geneva, Switzerland.
I spoke to the Associated Press about our press freedom mission to Azerbaijan for the 2010 article Rights group call for action against crackdown on media freedoms in Azerbaijan.
And The Australian covered my involuntary departure from Al Arabiya in 2010, Editor says Emirates story led to sacking, following on a press release put out about my redundancy by Reporters Without Borders (and later highlighted in RSF’s report Media Oligarchs Go Shopping).