On October 21st, at 2pm EDT, Law Library analysts Iana Fremer and Dante Figueroa will be presenting a webinar on the Law Library of Congress report titled, “Freedom of Expression during COVID-19,” which was released in September 2020. The presenters will review current legislative developments regulating mass media and their ability to distribute information freely during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the presenters will analyze recently introduced amendments to national legislation aimed at establishing different control measures over the media outlets, internet resources, and journalists in 20 selected countries around the world where adoption of such laws has been identified, namely: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, El Salvador, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Moldova, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
Iana Fremer has been a legal research analyst at the Law Library of Congress since 2020. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and media management from the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management, and a master’s degree in Russian Language and Literature from Tbilisi State University. She is fluent in Russian, English, and Georgian. She provides research and reference services on 30 jurisdictions in Eurasia and Eastern Europe.
Dante Figueroa is a senior legal information analyst and has worked at the Law Library of Congress since 2006. He has a J.D. degree from the University of Concepcion, Chile, an LL.M. from the University of Chile, and an LL.M. from American University in Washington, D.C. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and Italian, and conversant in German and Portuguese. He covers Italian, Vatican, Roman, and Canon law.