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On Monday we held a briefing with the team from Nuclear Games, where we discussed the dangers of nuclear power. Now, to hear the counterargument, watch FPA Member Kristen Saloomey on what replaces nuclear power, and how these energy sources could accelerate the climate crisis.
Click here to watch this week's briefing with Alyn Ware and Vanda Proskova on the Tokyo Olympics and Japan's nuclear history, plus information on the new interactive platform "Nuclear Games," where you can learn more about the history and danger of nuclear power.
Join Alyn Ware on Wednesday, August 4 at 10AM EST for a press conference with Tadatoshi Abika, former Mayor of Hiroshima. Click here for the Zoom meeting.
Our friends at the Tillotoma Foundation are glad to present the International Conference on the Future of Russian Policy in Central Asia on Wednesday, July 28th 2021. For queries, email TillotomaFoundation@gmail.com.
MAP condemns the Myanmar junta’s attempt to usurp ambassador posts in UK and UN; calls on British Government and UNGA to refuse accreditation
In a press release on 19 July, the Myanmar Accountability Project announced that they condemn the attempts of the Myanmar coup leaders to usurp top ambassadorships in London and the diplomatic mission at the UN. Upon research into their past, MAP discovered that Aung Thurein, who has been appointed the position at the United Nations, was in the military at the time of the coup; the same applies to Htun Aung Kyaw, who has been appointed a position at the embassy in London. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has condemned the Myanmar coup in the past. The FPA supports MAP in calling on the UN and the UK government to refuse accreditation to these newly appointed officials.
We encourage you to watch our press briefing from March 2021 where we discuss the coup.
From our friends at International Federation of Journalists: "On July 15, the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) published their annual report on the effects of a repressive amount on the media. The IFJ supports its affiliate HKJA and the report's findings."
We at the FPA support the HKJA, and we encourage you to read the report here as well as revisit our briefing with Chris Yeung below.
Our colleagues at the Journalists & Writers Foundation will be hosting the 2021 UNGA Conference on Wednesday, September 22 from 10AM to 4PM on the occasion of the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations.
The conference will be hosted on Zoom and will feature panels focusing on climate and education. Click here to register.
Learn more at unga-conference.org/.
The FPA congratulates our colleague Ahmed Fathi, journalist and U.N. correspondent, on his receipt of "The Call to Service Award," awarded to him by President Biden. Also known as "The Lifetime Achievement Award," the award honors Fathi's lifetime of service to his community and the country at large.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is a National Civic Award awarded by the President of the United States of America and was established in 2003 by Executive Order by President George W. Bush to encourage citizens to live a life of service and civic engagement.
The award is offered in four categories depending on amount of service, including Bronze, Silver, Gold and "The President's Call to Service Award" (referred to as The President's Lifetime Achievement Award"). It is the most prestigious, and it has been awarded to few Americans to recognize over 4,000 hours of service certified by AmeriCorps the federal agency dedicated to volunteerism and civic participation.
Fathi’s nomination with this award was made by the St. Lazarus Relief Fund, a 501c3 organization. Karen Cantrell the Chairperson of the SLRF said “We are proud to partner with the Federal Agency AmeriCorps and be a certifying organization. The extensive volunteer work that was performed by Ahmed Fathi over the years enabled SLRF and its underlining organizations to provide relief assistance across the United States and beyond to international destinations."
Congratulations to Ahmed Fathi, and thank you for your dedication and vigor as an exemplary journalist.
Jimmy Lai of Hong Kong's Next Digital media company and the now-shuttered Apple Daily is set to receive the Gwen Ifill Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Lai is a longtime critic of China and ruthless defender of Hong Kong journalistic freedom. He is currently imprisoned for violation of China's National Security Law and organization of unlawful protests.
Back in November, we did a webinar on Hong Kong journalistic freedom with Overseas Press Club of America joint press conference with Chris Yeung of the Hong Kong Journalists Association. See below.
With the closure of the Apple Daily, the PRC and its surrogates in Hong Kong have abandoned any pretense of allowing a free press. It comes as no surprise, speakers we had lined up for FPA briefings have demurred for fear of the legal consequences. The FPA condemns the closure and offers its solidarity to the brave reporters in Hong Kong and the PRC who continue to tell the truth in the face of repression
We encourage our members and colleagues to watch footage from the Overseas Press Club's June 15 event in which Bloomberg News Senior Editor Jodi Schneider moderated a panel of three prominent journalists on how China effectively expelled them or pressured them to leave the country.
Chris Buckley of the New York Times, Yvonne Murray of Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ, and Gerry Shih of the Washington Post explain why China is harming its own self interests in forcing out Western journalists and what media organizations should do in response. The very informative session should give us all food for thought on the challenges of covering authoritarian countries.