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

Location: Santiago, Chile
MFC WPFD 2024 side event 1

On 4th May 2024, the Media Freedom Coalition organised a side event at the 2024 World Press Freedom Day conference in Santiago, Chile. Read more about the conference here. 

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Session 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.

Opening remarks:

  • Ambassador Katrin Kivi – Ambassador at Large for Human Rights and Migration, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFC co-chair)


  • 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
  • Matthias Kiesler – Head of Division, International Media Policy, German Federal Foreign Office (MFC co-chair)

Closing remarks:


  • Derek Thorne, Head of Secretariat, Media Freedom Coalition

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