Foreign Press Association

Foreign Press Association Founded in 1918, the FPA is the pre-eminent non-governmental organization representing international journalists in the U.S.

The Foreign Press Association of New York is a nonprofit, independent, professional body of foreign correspondents based in the United States. Founded in 1918, the Foreign Press Association represents more than 400 members from 50 different countries. Although the bulk of its members come from Europe, there is not a single region in the world which is not represented among the membership. Membership not only includes exclusive member benefits and discounts but it provides unique professional opportunities to expand your network and help establish you in New York City. Visit our website to learn how to become a member.

Mission: The purpose and objectives of the Foreign Press Association are: To further the interests of its members and to promote their professional and social relationship. To take action, whenever necessary or desirable, on behalf of foreign correspondents in the United States individually or as a body. To keep members in contact with American life and opinion and with developments in other countries by entertaining distinguished local, national and international figures. To contribute through the media of all countries to the work of fostering international goodwill.

11/07/2019

Our right to know what's happening in the world around us is being threatened. The Foreign Press Association is proud to join The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Committee to Protect Journalists in supporting the #ProtectPressFreedom campaign, because to remain free, we must be informed. Visit ProtectPressFreedom.org.

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Some of the photos taken from Concordia summit 2019. FPA had the honor to be a media partner for @Concordia. Stay tuned ...
09/26/2019

Some of the photos taken from Concordia summit 2019. FPA had the honor to be a media partner for @Concordia. Stay tuned for video of our exclusive interviews.

Some of the photos taken from Concordia summit 2019. FPA had the honor to be a media partner for @Concordia. Stay tuned for video of our exclusive interviews.

04/29/2019

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

"This world is divided roughly into three kinds of nations: those that spend lots of money to keep their weight down; those whose people eat to live; and those whose people don't know where their next meal is coming from."

David S. Landes, author, professor of economics & history (1924-2013)

JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICASOn the initiative of journalists’ association, political parties in Uruguay to sign a pact a...
04/25/2019
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JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

On the initiative of journalists’ association, political parties in Uruguay to sign a pact against misinformation

By Silvia Higuera/TM

All political parties with representation in the Uruguayan parliament are set to sign an Ethical Pact against misinformation on April 26. The initiative was born of the Uruguayan Press Association (APU) with the purpose of politicians committing to "not generate or promote false news or disinformation campaigns to the detriment of adversaries" in the next electoral contest, reported Observacom.

The president of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez, as well as the former presidents Julio Sanguinetti and José Mujica confirmed their presence at the signing ceremony for the pact, the APU reported.

As Luis Corbello, press secretary of the APU, told Radio Uruguay, the initiative was formalized last December, and international organizations and civil society organizations joined.

Organizations such as UNESCO, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and digital platforms such as Google and Facebook showed support for this initiative, described by some experts as "virtually unique in the world," according to Observacom.

"No one can guarantee that there will be no false news, what we ask the parties is that they neither generate it nor promote it," Corbello said, according to a statement from the APU.

Accompanying this pact, within the framework of the "Clean Campaign of False News" also from the APU, the organization hopes to train journalists in the fight against so-called fake news, reported Observacom. Representatives from Google, Twitter and Facebook, as well as data verification initiatives from the region, such as those of Argentina and Brazil, will support this training, Observacom added.

"We are interested in our colleagues having tools to discern when false news appears and being able to quickly take it out of circulation," Corbello told Radio Uruguay. "Precisely the other leg of this campaign has to do with supporting news verification mechanisms (...) in Uruguay, the creation of an information checking mechanism called verificado.uy is beginning to be developed with a lot of force.”

The initiative is driven by newspaper La Diaria, the weekly Búsqueda and the program En Perspectiva, as well as universities in the country. "The idea is that it be established so that it continues working permanently, not only for political or electoral issues," Corbello added.

SOURCE: Knight Center - University of Texas

WE ARE FRANCEMonday's tragic fire at Notre Dame in Paris brought back memories of 9/11 and the overwhelming demonstratio...
04/18/2019

WE ARE FRANCE

Monday's tragic fire at Notre Dame in Paris brought back memories of 9/11 and the overwhelming demonstration of humanitarian support from around the world.

Sovereign frontiers or boundaries divide people according to their loyalties and customs.

There are no boundaries for what makes people genuine human beings, again evidenced by an immediate global response resulting in over $1 billion in contributions for the Notre Dame restoration fund.

03/07/2019

CPJ emergencies director meets journalists at Venezuela-Colombia border

Safety concerns for media escalate along with political tensions

New York, March 7, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists traveled this week to Colombia, including its border with Venezuela, to meet with journalists and other press freedom organizations.

CPJ has documented escalating attacks on media covering Venezuela's political crisis, including the brief detention on February 25 of an Univision crew in the presidential palace, confiscation of their equipment, and expulsion the next day. Yesterday, counterintelligence agents detained a U.S. freelance journalist and his Venezuelan fixer; both were released later that day. Authorities have also raided newsrooms and censored outlets, and security forces have assaulted journalists, according to CPJ research. The local press freedom organization IPYS Venezuela reported dozens of attacks on journalists in the last two months, including 21 press freedom violations on February 23 alone.

The Emergencies Response Team has provided safety information and advice. This week, CPJ Emergencies Director Maria Salazar Ferro traveled to Colombia to meet with Venezuelan, Colombian, and international journalists. Yesterday, Salazar Ferro traveled to Cucuta in northern Colombia with the local freedom of expression group FLIP to meet with journalists, including Venezuelans stranded there following the closing of the border. CPJ will provide them with emergency support and help them strengthen their safety protocols.

"Our goal is to assess the rapidly changing situation first hand, and to understand how safety needs have evolved in tandem with the escalation of tensions during the political crisis," Salazar Ferro said. "We want to understand how we can continue to support these journalists and help ensure that they can safely cover this developing story."

CPJ launched the Emergencies Response Team, headed by Salazar Ferro, in late 2016 to provide tangible safety advice and support to journalists in emergency situations. The team has addressed safety concerns on a wide range of issues, including covering elections and protests; preparing for screenings at border crossings; combating surveillance software; and hostile situations for journalists working in Syria, Nicaragua, Gaza and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The team has published safety advisories on, or deployed experts to, Iraq, Syria, Nicaragua, and the Gaza strip. Visit CPJ's website to learn more about the Emergencies Response Team, or sign up for its emails.

David P. Michaels‏ @DPMichaelsNYCDavid P. Michaels, President, Foreign Press Association (USA) addresses distinguished...
03/04/2019
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David P. Michaels, President, Foreign Press Association (USA) addresses distinguished guests at the Foreign Press Association Centennial Dinner & Awards.

https://twitter.com/DPMichaelsNYC/status/1065636375930773505

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“David P. Michaels, President, Foreign Press Association (USA) addresses distinguished guests at the Centennial Dinner & Awards on 8th November, 2018 https://t.co/NyoFFsGFAD”

03/03/2019

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

"We have probed the earth, excavated it, burned it, ripped things from it, buried things in it, chopped down its forests, leveled its hills, muddied its waters, and dirtied its air. That does not fit my definition of a good tenant. If we were here on a month-to-month basis, we would have been evicted long ago."

Rose Bird, Chief Justice of California Supreme Court (1936-1999)

THE FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION PRESENTSA FOREIGN PRESS REPORTS PRODUCTION“GLOBAL MATTERS THAT MATTER”EPISODE ONE - TH...
08/16/2018
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THE FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS
A FOREIGN PRESS REPORTS PRODUCTION

“GLOBAL MATTERS THAT MATTER”

EPISODE ONE - THE SAFE WATER NETWORK:

“SAVING MILLIONS OF LIVES
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07/31/2018
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07/25/2018

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

"The only index by which to judge a government or a way of life is by the quality of the people it acts upon. No matter how noble the objectives of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life, and breeds ill will and suspicion -- it is an evil government."

Eric Hoffer, philosopher & author (1902-1983)

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So here's a conversation starter.  What does journalism need to do to re-build trust?  Executive Committee member Simon ...
04/17/2018
ProPublica’s Haspel Correction Highlights Bugs in Journalism’s Code | CommunicationsMatch

So here's a conversation starter. What does journalism need to do to re-build trust? Executive Committee member Simon Erskine Locke recently posted an article in his capacity as CEO of CommunicationsMatch arguing that ProPublica's Gina Haspel retraction reveals bugs in journalism's code. He argues that journalism should be more modest in its ambitions to be the arbiter of the truth. What is the right balance? https://www.communicationsmatch.com/insights-blog/post/propublicas-haspel-correction-

The response to a mistake in reporting - a very human mistake that occurs despite checks and balances - can mean the loss of the rest of the story. The recent ProPublica reporting, and subsequent correction, on Gina Haspel and her nomination as CIA Director, provides a valuable lesson in why journal...

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04/12/2018
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The Foreign Press Association's (FPA) Centennial Year celebrations were launched this morning with the ringing of the opening bell of NASDAQ. President of the FPA, David P. Michaels, members of the Executive Committee of the FPA and Foreign Press Foundation Board of Governors, marked 100 years of supporting international reporters at the high-profile market open, which was carried on the major networks.

Michaels, Nancy Prager Kamel, Chairman of the Board of Governors and Thanos Dimadis, Executive Director, were interviewed for a “Behind the Bell” FACEBOOK Live segment in which they discussed the history of the FPA, the re-launch of the Foreign Press Awards in November, and commitment to supporting international journalists.

The FPA logo and opening bell ceremony were replayed on NASDAQ’s Times Square video screens.

Watch the interview: https://www.facebook.com/Nasdaq/videos/vb.13881287428/10156194580077429/?type=2&theater

Watch the video (Fast forward to 4 mins 45 seconds): https://www.facebook.com/Nasdaq/videos/10156194492202429/

The Foreign Press Association Rings the Nasdaq Opening Bell as it celebrates its 100-year anniversary.

01/14/2018

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
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"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

Hermann Göring, Nazi military leader (1893-1946)

12/25/2017

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

"The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs, and explosions, and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy; and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own for the children, and the children yet unborn.

"Rod Serling, writer of the science fiction TV series The Twilight Zone (1924-1975)

12/12/2017

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum -- even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate."

Noam Chomsky, linguistics professor & political activist (b. 7 Dec 1928)

10/29/2017

FAKE NEWS IS:

"Rather than thinking about what exactly is fake news, (because it’s more of a hash tag than anything else, it’s not a term of art), I think it’s more important to think about the kind of information that is intentionally distributed and intentionally created in order to undermine the public’s right to know and to undermine the public’s ability to discern fact from reality and fact from fiction."

David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

"From time to time, getting a fact wrong in a news story is not fake news. Expressing a view or an opinion that is not shared by the reader or listener is also not fake news. I would say that fake news should be narrowly defined to mean things that are just made up."

Rob Balin, Senior Vice Chair, IBA Media Law Committee.

"The intentional, strategic, deliberate use of not just necessarily misleading but straight up false information to influence dynamics or straight out change outcomes – that is what I define as fake news. The intentionality, directness, deliberateness and “strategic-ness” of the use of that false information is what, in my opinion, draws the line between the fake news that we witness today and the type of misleading reports that throughout history have influenced conflict dynamics in the past."

Federica D’Alessandra, Vice Chair, IBA Human Rights Law Committee & Co-Chair, IBA War Crimes Committee.

"Fake news is, in my view, deliberately manufactured, invented deceptions. Our president began, I think, abusing or misusing the term and applying it to legitimate news organisations such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN. And through that use, the term fake news has taken on perhaps a different meaning. It now seems to mean anything you don’t like is fake news. So I don’t know the answer to what is [fake news]."

Mark Stephens, Past Chair, IBA Media Law Committee.

"Rather than thinking about what exactly is fake news, (because it’s more of a hash tag than anything else, it’s not a term of art), I think it’s more important to think about the kind of information that is intentionally distributed and intentionally created in order to undermine the public’s right to know and to undermine the public’s ability to discern fact from reality and fact from fiction."

Jay Seaton, Former media lawyer and publisher who considered a law suit against a Colorado senator.

"The Guardian’s readers’ editor has defined fake news as “fictions deliberately fabricated and presented as non-fiction in order to make readers treat them as facts or doubt verifiable facts”."

Gillian Philips, Director of Editorial Legal Services, The Guardian.

10/25/2017

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

The doctrine which, from the very first origin of religious dissensions, has been held by bigots of all sects, when condensed into a few words and stripped of rhetorical disguise, is simply this:

"I am in the right, and you are in the wrong. When you are the stronger, you ought to tolerate me, for it is your duty to tolerate truth; but when I am the stronger, I shall persecute you, for it is my duty to persecute error."

Thomas Babington Macaulay,
poet, historian, & politician (1800-1859)

Foreign Press Foundation announces Disaster Relief InitiativeWith the recent weather related events in Houston, Florida,...
10/13/2017

Foreign Press Foundation announces Disaster Relief Initiative

With the recent weather related events in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, Dominica and around the globe, relief efforts are still not what both donors and disaster victims should expect. We reviewed the facts and will now redirect efforts to where we can best use our capabilities and resources.

The Foreign Press Association in the United States has announced an initiative to embed international photo and video journalists with international disaster relief and logistics teams. Sponsors and contributors to relief funds will be able to see their important contributions at work from start to finish.

"Disaster relief is a humanitarian matter. It should not be ‘owned’ by any country or organization. There is too much of a costly ‘territorial’ and sometimes, political mindset involved with disaster relief,” stated David P. Michaels, President of the Foreign Press Association in the United States. He continued, “International photo and video journalists can be embedded with the relief teams, reporting and recording everything going on with the disaster relief efforts. This will provide key evidence of levels of ‘transparency’ and a record of events that could assist in the avoidance of ‘errors’ being repeated in future disaster relief, and as an educational tool in the ‘learning-curve’ of disaster relief administration and logistics."

David Michaels added, “Journalists are an ‘endangered species,’ and they do need some form of international credentials with appropriate and globally recognized, (and respected), protections. The FPA Foundation will also will be seeking financial and logistic support to have journalists professionally trained in disaster survival skills, and appropriately equipped for assignments in hazardous zones.”

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