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Hillary Clinton leads discussion on the rise of strongmen around the world

2018 NY Summit

Clinton was joined onstage by four international journalists who have experienced intense, often personal criticism for their attempts to hold the powerful accountable in authoritarian regimes. Yevgenia Albats, editor in chief of The New Times, a political alt-weekly in Russia, is a staunch critic of Vladimir Putin — “under Putin it is difficult to breathe and utterly impossible to carry out any kind of investigative journalism,” she has said — as is Tamara Chergoleishvili, a Georgian journalist and the founder of Tabula Media. Working with the BBC for 25 years, often as a foreign correspondent, Carrie Gracie had become an expert on Chinese politics and reported extensively on President Xi Jinping. And Ece Temelkuran, rounding out the panel, has written so critically on the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan that it once got her fired; she left the country in exile soon after.