World Press Freedom Day side event: Case studies of action from the Media Freedom Coalition

May42024
Location: Santiago, Chile
The Media Freedom Coalition is organising a side event at the 2024 World Press Freedom Day conference in Santiago, Chile. Read more about the conference here and register here
 
Date and time: Saturday 4th May from 17.30 – 19.00 CLT
 
Synopsis: 
As the challenges facing independent media and journalists become more complex, the efforts to address those challenges may require fresh thinking. Today, no one actor can provide an all-encompassing solution to the protection and promotion of media freedom around the world. The Media Freedom Coalition was formed in 2019 to address this challenge, and brings together 50 member states from six continents, civil society, and a panel of independent legal experts on media freedom. Working closely with international organisations such as UNESCO, as well as journalists themselves, the Coalition has a shared focus on concrete actions at home and abroad that safeguard media freedom and the safety of journalists. This session will highlight some important examples of these actions and share best practices and lessons learned, including on the priority issues of safe refuge for journalists at risk, as well as support and advocacy for journalists in critical situations.
 

Speakers:

  • Can Yeginsu – Barrister, Deputy Chair of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom
  • Dr Aida Al-Kaisy – Academic and media development consultant, and co-founder of Jummar, Iraqi independent media platform
  • Jose Zamora – Son of Guatemalan imprisoned journalist Jose Rubén Zamora, and EXILE’s chief communications and impact officer
  • Rosie Parkyn – Internews’ Global Director of Impact and Learning
  • Representatives of MFC co-chairs Estonia and Germany

Moderator:

  • Derek Thorne, Head of Secretariat, Media Freedom Coalition
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