EVENT VIDEO: When Are Journalists Foreign Agents?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
World Room, Pulitzer Hall 3rd Floor (Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway at 116th St)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Columbia Journalism School for a panel discussion featuring:

Chris Hedges, host of RT America's 'On Contact' interview show

Maria Snegovaya, PhD candidate, Department of Political Science, Columbia University

Trevor Timm, Executive Director, Freedom of the Press Foundation

Jeffrey Trimble, Deputy Director, U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors

Moderator: Steve CollDean, Columbia Journalism School

This event was video recorded. To view the video, CLICK HERE or scroll down to view the embedded video.

In November 2017, the U.S. forced RT, a Russian-financed international news outlet, to register as a foreign agent. Within weeks, Russia responded by labeling U.S.-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty foreign agents. The actions come in the wake of a January 2017 report by U.S. intelligence agencies that accused the Kremlin of using RT America as a tool "to undermine faith in the US Government and fuel political protest." 

Support for this event is provided by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. It is part of our Russian Studies & Policy event series.

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written eleven books, including the New York Times best-seller Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. His other books include Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt, (2015) Death of the Liberal Class (2010), Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009), I Don’t Believe in Atheists (2008) and the best-selling American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America (2008). His book War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and has sold over 400,000 copies. He writes a weekly column for the website Truthdig in Los Angeles, run by Robert Scheer, and hosts a show, 'On Contact,' on RT America. Hedges spent two decades as a foreign correspondent in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans, fifteen of them with The New York Times. He was the Times' Middle East Bureau Chief and the Balkan Bureau Chief.

Maria Snegovaya is a PhD candidate at Columbia University (Comparative Politics and Statistical Methods) whose work focuses on the sources of support for populist parties in Central and Eastern Europe. She regularly travels to Russia and Ukraine and contributes to Russian and U.S. journals including political science blog The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, The National Interest, and The American Interest. Snegovaya's articles have been referenced by (among others) David Brooks (NYT), Andrew Sullivan (The Dish), Bloomberg, The Economist and The Telegraph, and she regularly gives talks at U.S. think tanks.

Trevor Timm is a co-founder and the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is a journalist, activist, and lawyer whose writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe GuardianThe AtlanticUSA TodayPolitico, and can be read regularly in the Columbia Journalism Review. Trevor formerly worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Before that, he helped the longtime General Counsel of The New York Times, James Goodale, write a book on the Pentagon Papers and the First Amendment. He received his J.D. from New York Law School.

Jeffrey Trimble joined the BBG in 2007 as Director of Programming and later served as Executive Director. He became IBB Deputy Director in 2012 and worked with the Global Strategy team, focusing on special projects to advance collaboration and coordination across the BBG. Trimble also worked for 10 years at RFE/RL, where his positions included Acting President, Counselor to the President for Programs and Policy, Director of Policy and Strategic Planning, and Director of Broadcasting. Previously Trimble worked at U.S. News & World Report magazine for 15 years, in positions including Assistant Managing Editor, Foreign Editor, Moscow Bureau Chief, and diplomatic correspondent. He holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and is a fluent Russian-speaker.

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