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Exiled Iranian journalist Alinejad Masih to join expert panel at Global Conference for Media Freedom alongside Amal Clooney

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Post by Admin Fri 13 Nov 2020, 12:49

I think this is separate from the CPA conference, right?





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Global Conference for Media Freedom 2020
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Canada and Botswana will co-host the second Global Conference for Media Freedom on November 16, 2020.
Building on the success of the inaugural Global Conference for Media Freedom in London last year, this online event will feature the first Ministerial meeting of the Media Freedom Coalition, a coalition of 37 governments committed to working together to advocate for media freedom and the protection of journalists. All 37 members of the Media Freedom Coalition have signed the Global Pledge on Media Freedom, that commits like-minded countries to working together on identifying and acting on violations and abuses against members of the press.
The conference will provide a forum to:


  • strengthen joint efforts in defending media freedom worldwide
  • connect with journalists and media workers, civil society and governments



Watch the Global Conference for Media Freedom live here!



Join the conference on Monday November 16 starting at 9:30 EST. Broadcast details will be available shortly.

[size=184]About the conference[/size]



Details about the Global Conference for Media Freedom, the Media Freedom Coalition, and facts about media freedom.

Concept note



The concept note speaks to the objectives and key themes of the Global Conference.


Agenda



The agenda for the virtual conference outlines speakers and panel sessions. The program is subject to change.

Policy papers



The aim of these policy papers is to engage in a broader discussion with experts on challenges facing media freedom; stimulate debate and discussion on policy recommendations; and help inform the Media Freedom Coalition’s future work.


  • Amplifying Voices, Protecting Lives: Addressing Systemic Racism in Media
  • Freedom of the media and artificial intelligence
  • Media Freedom and COVID-19
  • Media independence and sustainability
  • New Challenges for Media Freedom and Democracy
  • Threats against journalists


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Post by party animal - not! Fri 13 Nov 2020, 15:41


Yes, I think it is, Katie.

This has the International Bar Association heavily involved and amazing institutions like this too:

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Amal is Maria's lawyer in her fight with Dueterte which would involve up to 65 years in jail

And I just found this from September via Maria..........

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Post by annemarie Fri 13 Nov 2020, 16:31

PHILIPPINE DEMOCRACY
[size=46]Amal Clooney to PH tycoons: Protect press freedom, democracy

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES
'Those of you gathered here today are leaders in your society. The future of your great country is in your hands. I hope it can be one in which your children will stay safe from harm, and be free to speak their mind'



International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney on Tuesday, September 15, urged Filipino tycoons and business leaders to protect the press in the country to ensure a functioning democracy.
Clooney, among the international lawyers of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, was a speaker at the 18th Management Association of the Philippines’ International CEO Web Conference.
“Those of you gathered here today are leaders in your society. The future of your great country is in your hands. I hope it can be one in which your children will stay safe from harm, and be free to speak their mind,” Clooney said.

Clooney cited 3 propositions in her speech, all focusing on the need to protect the free press and democracy. (FULL TEXT: Amal Clooney's 3 propositions for a functioning democracy)
“If you want a functioning democracy, protect the press. To protect the press, don’t imprison journalists for their work. And do honor international treaties that the Philippines has itself played a part in drafting,” Clooney said.
“I believe these propositions are important and far-reaching: because championing free speech in the Philippines also means championing it in Asia, if the Philippines could once again set the example,” Clooney said.
Attacks vs Rappler
In her speech, Clooney criticized the Philippine government over the cyber libel conviction of Ressa and former Rappler researcher Rey Santos Jr.


“Defenders of the judgment have claimed that this is just a private dispute between a journalist and the person whose reputation was harmed by the story. But this is not correct. It was a criminal prosecution brought by the Department of Justice. The state advocated for a conviction and a term of imprisonment. It is now defending the judgment and it is expected to oppose the appeal,” Clooney said.
“So this is the government’s case – their choice, and their legacy. It will be for my colleagues, Maria’s Filipino counsel, to make submissions in the appeal. And a panel of appellate judges can still set things right. But Maria faces a barrage of other charges – all equally spurious – that expose her to many decades behind bars. And in the meantime the message to other journalists is clear: be quiet, or you’ll be next.,” she added.
Clooney also highlighted Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque's 180-degree turn on the issue of cyber libel. Roque defended the conviction of Ressa and Santos, but in a 2012 Rappler opinion piece he heavily criticized the cybercrime law.
“The President’s own spokesman Harry Roque has stated that freedom of speech is a ‘cherished right’ essential to truth, democracy and the ability to go after ‘despotic regimes’. In an op-ed that he penned in 2012 the spokesman argued that the cyber libel law used to convict Maria is ‘draconian’, ‘infringes freedom of expression’ and shows that the government is ‘insecure and unable to compete in the market place of ideas’. And he concluded in the op-ed that imposing criminal penalties for libel was disproportionate’ and ‘an outright defiance of the UN’ ruling….These were Mr Roque’s own words before he joined the Duterte administration,” she said.


Ressa, Rappler, and some of its directors and staff have faced at least 11 complaints and cases, mostly initiated by the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, following the news agency's critical coverage of Duterte’s bloody drug war
Global attacks vs media: ABS-CBN shutdown, Hong Kong crackdown
Clooney said the Ressa’s “struggle is one that defines our times,” citing the shutdown of broadcast giant ABS-CBN and the crackdown of Hong Kong’s free press.
“And this, in turn, threatens every other right. Because if the press is silenced, we don’t know about human rights abuses or corruption. When you switch off the news broadcast by the country’s largest TV station – as the Philippine government did just weeks before Maria’s judgment – you see, as the Washington Post puts it, democracy dying in darkness,” Clooney said.
Clooney also criticized “strongmen” leaders, such as US President Donald Trump, for silencing dissent and for their poor leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.
“What we must remember is that a clamp down on critics, a silencing of dissent, is not a sign of strength but the ultimate sign of weakness. It is a sign that you know you cannot win in the ‘marketplace of ideas’ so you have to have a monopoly over the ideas that are expressed,” she said. – Rappler.com

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Post by party animal - not! Mon 16 Nov 2020, 16:40


This is online now with many countries being represented too..........


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