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  • Global Journalist Security

Frank Smyth is an independent, award-winning investigative journalist specializing in armed conflicts, organized crime and human rights overseas, and on the gun movement and its influence at home. He is a former arms trafficking investigator for Human Rights Watch breaking the role of France in arming Rwanda before its genocide. Smyth is a global authority on journalist security and press freedom having testified to Congress and member states of several multilateral organizations. He is the founder and CEO of Global Journalist Security or GJS, a leading provider of security and first aid training for journalists and humanitarian professionals worldwide.

“Communication Under Siege: The Story of Steven Sotloff”

Journalists are targeted with alarming frequency around the world. Local journalists are murdered with near blanket impunity. International journalists are sometimes taken hostage and murdered, too. One of the latter was Steven Sotloff, a University of Central Florida Nicholson School of Communication and Media graduate. His story is instructive in more ways than one. His message remains one of tenacity and hope.