RFE’s Chalupa Co-Anchors Webchat On Media Freedom

On the heels of RFE’s recent participation in the U.S. State Department’s “TechCamp: Moldova” and “TechCamp: Vilnius”, RFE’s senior correspondent Irena Chalupa served as a guest and co-anchor for a U.S. State Department-sponsored worldwide webchat with civil society activists on July 14.

The hour-long discussion focused on citizen activism, press freedom and freedom of expression in Europe. More than 100 activists from Ukraine, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey, Romania, Albania, Serbia, Switzerland, Lithuania, and the United Kingdom, as well as surprise particiants from China, Myanmar, and Senegal, participated in the live chat.

According to Dr. Tomicah Tillemann, a senior advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the webchat’s host and co-anchor, Chalupa was selected to assist in leading the global discussion because “she is a real expert on these issues.” The chat was part of the “Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society” series, which was launched by Secretary Clinton in February as part of the State Department’s Civil Society 2.0 initiative.

Continue reading at RFE/RL for more information on the discussion and to access a webcast of the event: