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SPJ Leads | 4/5/2017
Libel laws, World Journalists Conference

By Rachel Semple, SPJ Communications Department

"Yesterday, a South Korean journalist compared journalists to sand. If one person throws sand at you it is not that big of a deal. But if a lot of people throw sand at you, it's like being in a sandstorm. One piece of sand may not make a difference, but lots of sand can make a big impact." SPJ National President Lynn Walsh reflects on words spoken by a South Korean journalist during the World Journalists Conference in Seoul. SPJ leaders Walsh, Rebecca Baker and Elle Toussi are representing the Society at the conference this week. Walsh also spoke about press freedom during the conference.

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