Summit for Democracy Session: Media freedom underpinning democracy – new challenges, new momentum?

Location: COEX, Seoul, Republic of Korea

The third Summit for Democracy will be held in the Republic of Korea this year, with a primary focus on fostering democracy for future generations. Around 300 delegates including government officials, representatives from international organizations, academia, and civil society, will gather in Korea to discuss policy enhancements and strategic pathways to shape a better future for future generations.

The Media Freedom Coalition – a partnership of 50 countries that advocates for media freedom at home and abroad – has taken on the work of the Media Freedom Cohort since the 2023 Summit for Democracy, promoting strong commitments on media freedom as well as effective collaboration between governments, civil society, legal experts and others. So what progress has been made? Can efforts to protect and promote media freedom keep pace with new and emerging challenges? What are the strongest examples of media freedom commitments – and what have we learned from their implementation? What has civil society learned from holding governments to account on their commitments? And what are the key commitments that both governments and non-governmental actors should be making in 2024 and beyond?

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This session is being organised as an in person “fishbowl” discussion, meaning that any attendee of the session will be welcome to contribute to the discussion. Attendees are also welcome to observe the discussion if they would prefer not to contribute.
Two facilitators will run the discussion and move the participants through a series of topics and discussion points.

The facilitators are:

They will be joined by speakers/contributors from governments (including MFC co-chairs Estonia and others), civil society from the region and globally, and independent legal experts.

Please contact us in advance of the session if you would like to receive a more detailed briefing on the session’s discussion points. Registration for the Summit can be found here.

Date and time: Tues 19th March from 16.30 – 18.00 KST

Learn more about the Media Freedom Cohort of the Summit for Democracy, and read its Findings Report, here.


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