From South Africa, to Indonesia, to Pakistan, 2024 will be a year of pivotal elections that will have global ramifications for democracy. Extra attention will be paid to two elections in particular as they’re being held in two of the world’s largest democracies, where the press freedom environment and journalist safety situation continues to evolve and decline: India and the United States.

In this in-depth conversation between journalists and editors who will be covering both the upcoming Indian election (April 2024) and U.S. election (November 2024), we will discuss what local and international newsrooms are doing to prepare and protect their staff and freelancers during these pivotal news events; tips for journalists covering elections globally, which are always fraught and risky times for the press; and challenges that arise between local and international newsrooms. We will focus on journalist safety and the experience of reporting locally and internationally in two countries that continue to pose different types of dangers for the journalists who cover them. Moderated by Lih Yi Beh.

Organised in association with Committee to Protect Journalists.