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Pulitzer Center Joins Human Rights Journalism Symposium at SIUC

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March 22, 2016 | 9:30 AM EDT
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ISIS fighters executed and enslaved thousands of ethnic Yazidis in northern Iraq in the summer of...

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Amsha Ali Alyas with her family this fall, after she escaped ISIS slavery. Image by Emily Feldman/Mashable. Iraq, 2015.

The Pulitzer Center joins Campus Consortium partner Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, for "Human Rights Reporting and the Landscape of Global Journalism," a day-long symposium about the climate of journalism, pathways to human rights reporting and the coverage of refugees, in particular the Yazidi community devastated by attacks from the Islamic State.

Jon Sawyer, the Pulitzer Center's executive director, presents his "Case for Hope" on the long-term global picture of journalism, speaking on experiences from his international reporting, while Istanbul-based journalist Emily Feldman speaks about her Pulitzer Center-supported reporting project, "The Yazidis: After the Trauma."

Feldman has been covering the crises in Iraq and Syria for the past two years, specializing on the impact on women in those two countries. In northern Iraq, the Yazidis were massacred and enslaved by the Islamic State. Now they are displaced, smaller and more alone than they have been before.

Against this backdrop, Feldman reported on women who escaped from the Islamic State and were trying to adjust despite limited or no access to emotional or physical therapy in a tumultuous region. Her reporting took the story forward by telling how the Yazidi community took it upon itself, without support from a central government, to treat the survivors and secure the release of those still held captive.

"Human Rights Reporting and the Landscape of Global Journalism" Symposium
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Dean's Conference Room
Carbondale, IL 62901





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