Media freedom in volatile environments
The Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media will bring together over 200 international experts and journalists, government officials and diplomats, civil society representatives and academics for an upcoming conference on Media Freedom in Volatile Environments. The conference is being organized in the context of the current multitude of imminent pressures and obstacles that threaten to limit media freedom and freedom of expression throughout the OSCE region, in particular in regions affected by conflict and crisis.
There will be sessions on freedom of expression and “fake news”, accreditation and access to information in conflict areas, media and digital literacy, the safety of journalists and impunity for crimes against them.
International experts will share their experience, including a keynote address by Kate Adie, former war correspondent, author, and broadcaster, particularly known for her role as the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent.
Participants will discuss pressing issues and most urgent challenges facing media freedom in the region, and provide recommendations on best practices and practical tools on issues such as safety of journalists, disinformation, and propaganda in situations of conflict. The languages of the conference will be English and Russian.
Side events on related topics will also be offered.
To participate in this event, please register by submitting the registration form to [email protected] by 8 June 2017.
Get updates on and participate in discussions related to the conference via Twitter using the hashtag #FOMConf2017. The conference will also be live streamed at osce.org/live (more information will be available closer to the date of the conference at osce.org/fom).
Contacts: For questions about the conference please send an email to [email protected] Alternatively, please contact Nicolas Ebnöther for questions on substantive matters (+43 1 514 36 6806, [email protected]), or Jennifer Adams (+43 1 514 36 6813, [email protected]) for questions on logistical matters, or Anna Lundbladh for media inquiries (+43 1 514 36 6803, [email protected]).