’50 Shades of Press Intimidation’ – YorkPEN discussion with Kevin Charman-Anderson and Peter Whitehead

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Wednesday 12th June, 6:30pm in the Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

York PEN present our focal event for the summer term: a discussion, open to the audience, on intimidation of the press and the future of digital censorship, both at home and abroad, with Kevin Anderson and Peter Whitehead.

As the biographies below demonstrate, the speakers have a wealth of experience spanning multiple mediums of journalism and international borders, are engaged with the place of technology in journalism as well as bringing legal training to the table.

So join us for what promises to be a fascinating and informed discussion. Kevin and Peter have indicated that they are very happy to answer questions and so ample time will be given for questions from the floor.

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Kevin Anderson is a freelance journalist and digital strategist working with news organisations and journalists around the world to help them develop strategies and skills to prepare them for digital, multi-platform journalism.

To this work, he brings more than a decade of experience with the BBC and the Guardian, focusing on digital journalism since 1996 but with experience in radio, television, print and the web. As a journalist, he uses blogs, social networks, Web 2.0 tools and mobile technology to break news, to engage with audiences and to tell the story behind the headlines in multiple media and on multiple platforms.
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Peter Whitehead, Director of Communications for MDIF, has worked in media development, communications and law for 20 years. Prior to joining MDIF in 2005, Peter was a media consultant advising international clients, including the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), Danish Foreign Ministry, Danida, UNESCO, International Media Support, and The Irish Times. From 1996 to 1999, he was Director of the World Editors Forum, an international association of newspaper editors spanning 32 countries, and Head of Press Freedom of WAN, developing and implementing its media advocacy and development activities. Previously, he was sub-editor at The South China Morning Post and editor of Asian Law Journal in Hong Kong. Earlier he also served as Legal Advisor to WAN, advising publishers on international legal issues. Peter has an LLB from the Faculty of Law of Manchester University. He is based in York, UK.

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