Visionaries Online Series

The Visionaries online series features conversations with changemakers who, often at great personal risk, defend free-expression rights in today's increasingly complicated digital world. All events are free, with suggested donations.


Chapter 2: Free speech and gender rights in Uganda

The International Free Expression Project organized a discussion between Dr. Stella Nyanzi, Ugandan human- and queer-rights advocate, poet, medical anthropologist, feminist, and public health scholar, and Karamagi Rujumba, a longtime journalist and now the director of development & communications for the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.


They discuss free speech, gender rights and the times she has been jailed for her outspoken advocacy. 

Content warning: this video contains swearing, discussion of genitalia, miscarriage and physical assault.

Chapter 1: There's Nothing Fake About Real News

IFEP organized a conversation between two of America’s most accomplished journalists, David Shribman and Martin Baron, about press freedom, “fake news,” bias, disinformation, ethics, the watchdog role of the press and the future of journalism. Martin Baron retired in February as executive editor of The Washington Post after a 45-year career leading some of the most consequential newspapers in the United States. During his eight-year tenure at the Post, the paper won 10 Pulitzer Prizes. He was played by Liev Schriber in the 2015 movie “Spotlight,” which recounted how the Boston Globe uncovered the sexual-abuse scandal in the Boston Catholic Diocese.

David Shribman, a nationally syndicated columnist, teaches at Carnegie Mellon University and McGill University. He has been awarded two Pulitzer Prizes — one in 1995 for national reporting when he was with the Boston Globe, and one as executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for staff coverage of the 2018 mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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