CESD Invitation to “Chasing the Story: What the Government Should Tell You” Panel

CESD Invitation to “Chasing the Story: What the Government Should Tell You” Panel

Oil, Gas and Media Conference organized by International Press Institute will be taken place from September 17th to 19th, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan .The international summit offers a unique public forum for the discussion of important global media and energy issues. As a focal point for topics which resonate today in Azerbaijan as well as around the world, the conference will enable attendees to delve into deep discussions, create new relationships, propose new means for positive change and then empower participants to take action.

CESD is official partner of the conference.

Confirmed speakers include Alex Abutu Augustine, freelance science journalist and founding member of the Nigerian Association of Science Journalists; Tom Bergin, European corporate strategy correspondent for Reuters and author of “Spills and Spin: The Inside Story of BP” (2011); Curtis Brainard, editor of the Columbia Journalism Review’s The Observatory; David Leigh, investigations executive editor of The Guardian; Vugar Byramov, chairman of the Center for Economic and Social Development, Azerbaijan; and Azeri nanotechnologist Eldar Shahbazov.

Ilham Aliyev, president of Azerbaijan and Rovnag Abdullayev, president of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) will speak at the opening session on Tuesday, September 18.

CESD chairman will serve as panelist at “Chasing the Story: What the Government Should Tell You” on September 18th, 2012.  Information on the panel is in below:

16:00 – 17:15 Session III: “Chasing the Story: What the Government Should Tell You”

What information are reporters entitled to when dealing with state-owned oil interests? How do media outlets ensure the people’s right to know about oil and energy in their hometowns?




Tom Bergin, European corporate strategy correspondent, Reuters, UK



Vugar Bayramov, chairman, Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Azerbaijan

Hatem Ghandir, head of business news, Al Jazeera, Qatar

Grigory Pasko, director, Foundation for Investigative Journalism – Foundation 19/29, Russia

Godber Tumushabe, executive director, Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment, Uganda



Bios of all speakers can be found here: http://www.ipioilgasmedia2012.com/2012/programme/speakers.html

Program agenda can be found here: http://cesd.az/new/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Oil-Gas-Media-programme1.pdf

A list of partners can be found here: http://www.ipioilgasmedia2012.com/2012/partners.html

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