About this Exhibition

This exhibition features a selection of posters used by Reporters without Borders (RSF) in their awareness campaigns. Over the past 30 years, this NGO has led numerous battles for the freedom of expression and the protection of reporters working in conflict zones.

About the Panel Discussion

At 7:00 PM, stay for a talk about the Appeal that RSF launched in 2016 to the Secretary General of the United Nations, for a special Representative for the security of journalists. The talk will explore the concrete actions of RSF, and other NGOs, to support this Appeal. They are advocating for the guarantee of protection for journalists in conflict zones. This panel discussion will address this crucial and current issue to end violence against reporters and defend access to information around the world. The panelists and guest speakers will join in a debate moderated by key-note speaker, John Carroll, media analyst for NPR and senior news analyst at WBUR. Followed by a Q&A session with attendees. The talk will explore the concrete actions of RSF, and other NGOs, to support this Appeal.

About the Panelists

Margaux Ewen is an Advocacy and Communications Officer at RSF. She has degrees from the Sorbonne in France and George Washington University Law School in the US. At RSF, Margaux covers press freedom violations in the US, Canada and the English-speaking Caribbean. She coordinates and develops advocacy and media outreach strategies, and answers media inquiries.

Ron Haviv is an Emmy award-winning photojournalist who covers international conflicts and other humanitarian crises worldwide since the end of the cold war. He is the author of several photographic publications and co-founder of the photo agency VII. Ron Haviv is dedicated to raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe.

Sonia Dridi is a French journalist and correspondent currently based in Washington DC. She covered international news for France 24 in Paris after which she became the France 24 foreign correspondent in Cairo, Egypt. She covered the Egyptian Revolution and its aftermath until 2015. She produced the documentary "Sexual harassment, an Egyptian disease". Since the summer of 2015, Sonia covers US news for various French media, including BFM TV, M6 and France 24. Sonia has a masters degree in journalism from Sciences-Po, Paris.

Slimane Zeghidour is a french journalist, author, born in Algeria, he is Chief Editor and Diplomatic Columnist at TV5 MONDE, the francophone international TV channel. He covered, as a Senior Reporter, during 25 years many conflicts in South America, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia for various reviews including Le Monde, El País, Le Nouvel Observateur, Géo. He teaches the geopolitic of religions at Sciences-Po and gives journalism courses in Celsa-Sorbonne. He just published "Sors! La route t'attend" (éditions les Arènes). He has also lectured at several universities worldwide University of Berkeley, University of South California, Princeton, Bir-Zeit, Djeddah’s Effat University, Beyrouth Saint-Joseph University, University of Tel-Aviv, University of Brazilia and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

About the Moderator

John Carroll is a mass communication professor at Boston University, media analyst for NPR’s Here & Now, and senior news analyst at WBUR. For six years prior to joining the BU faculty, Carroll was the executive producer of Greater Boston, WGBH-TV’s nightly news and public affairs program. He was also a radio commentator for WGBH-FM, and a correspondent for WGBH-TV’s Beat the Press, a weekly media review program.


Launched in 1984, TV5MONDE is the worldwide cultural channel in French, broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It reaches more than 291 million households and 55 million viewers.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is an international NGO, recognized for its public utility since its creation in France in 1985. It is composed of national sections in a number of countries, of representatives in Asia and in the Americas (Washington), and of more than 120 correspondents worldwide..

Above: photo © McCaan Erickson Genève

Gallery Hours

Monday, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Through the Lens

Through the Lens: A Multilateral Perspective on Today's World is a series of events inviting artists, journalists, and experts in politics, economy and ethics from both sides of the Atlantic to share their analyses and participate in debates about some of today’s most pressing issues. Organized by the French Library in partnership with local and international partners, the series will take place from September 22nd, 2016 through May 2nd, 2017 in the Center’s historic brownstone. Through the Lens includes panel discussions, art exhibits, a film screening, workshops, and a stage reading on a variety of themes ranging from the upcoming presidential elections in France and the United States, to freedom of speech in the post-Charlie Hebdo era, to protection of journalists’ autonomy and security and some of the XXIst century’s most memorable trials.


This event is co-presented with TV5MONDE and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières).


This program is made possible thanks in part to the Institut Français, the Mosaïque Cultural Fund, Jean-François and Nathalie Ducrest.

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