The London symposium will bring together senior editors from global media organisations of all kinds (press, broadcasting and online) and from every continent. They will be joined by frontline journalists and international experts including Guy Berger, the senior UNESCO official concerned with the safety of journalists, Peter Horrocks, the BBC’s director of Global News, and authoritative figures from the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International News Safety Institute.

The deaths of Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik in Syria this year were two tragic cases among more than 60 journalists’ deaths on assignment so far in 2012 alone. Most were deliberately targeted because of their profession. Every news organisation with global reach will have direct experience of its staff, fixers or contacts being threatened, arbitrarily arrested or physically attacked in order to censor or intimidate them.

CFOM’s International Director William Horsley writes more on the BBC College of Journalism blog.