On the 30th anniversary of the United Nations’ landmark Windhoek Declaration that helped launch World Press Freedom Day, the state of free press is as tenuous as ever. As reporters continue to work in hostile environments around the world, the business of journalism is being forced to reinvent itself in order to survive as an essential part of democratic society.

To mark World Press Freedom Day 2021, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists hosted a virtual conversation with journalists and advocates to discuss the current state of press freedom, what we can do to combat threats and how global collaborations like ICIJ’s FinCEN Files, Luanda Leaks and Panama Papers help free press thrive.

The panel discussion was moderated by Emmy-winning investigative journalist and ICIJ member Alicia Ortega Hasbun from the Dominican Republic, and will feature Will Fitzgibbon, senior reporter and Africa and Middle East partnership coordinator for ICIJ, Jennifer Robinson, human rights attorney and whistleblower advocate, and ICIJ member Ritu Sarin, executive editor of news and investigations with The Indian Express.

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