WATCH: Global Conference for Media Freedom 2019
WATCH: Global Conference for Media Freedom 2019
This conference brings together countries and organizations taking action to defend media freedom

LONDON, United Kingdom – The UK and Canadian governments are co-hosting the Global Conference for Media Freedom on July 10-11.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office mounts this event as a major milestone in its campaign to protect journalists doing their job, and to promote the benefits of a free media worldwide.

This event brings together over 1,000 guests, including government ministers and officials, the diplomatic community, international agencies, journalists, civil society, and academics. 

It will examine the challenges facing press and media freedom and the opportunities that can be created for a safer environment for journalists.

The conference will see countries and organizations coming together to take action to defend media freedom.

Session: Transforming Media Development

Moderator: Julie Posetti
Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Panel: Mira Milosevic
Director, Global Forum for Media Development

Harriett Baldwin, Minister of State International Development

Nishant Lalwani
Director, Luminate (Omidyar Foundation)

Alex Awiti
Vice Provost, East Africa for Aga Khan University

Thomas Hughes
Executive Director, ARTICLE 19

Gwen Lister
Founding Editor, The Namibian


Debate on media independence

Moderator: Nishant Lalwani
Director, Luminate (The Omidyar Group)

Panel: Nienke Venema
Director, Stichting Demacratie en Media

Sonny Swe
Frontier, Myanmar

Maria Ressa
Chief Executive, Rappler, Philippines

International Partnership for Information and Democracy

Opening Remarks:
H.E. Francois Croquette
French Ambassador for Human Rights

Christophe Deloire
Sec-Gen, Reporters Without Borders (France)

Maria Ressa
CEO, Rappler (Philippines)

Dr. Shirin Ebadi
Nobel Laureate, Founder of Defenders of Human Rights Centre (Iran)

Aidan White
Founder of Ethical Journalism Network

H.E. Renatas Norkus
Ambassador of Lithuania to the UK

Viktors Makarovs
Special Envoy on Information Security Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia


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