Freedom of expression conference: Launch of campaign for the safety of journalists
5-6 October, Riga – The Council of Europe will launch a continent-wide Campaign for the Safety of Journalists at an international conference organised in the framework of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. To be held under the theme “The Pen is mightier than the sword? Meeting today’s challenges to freedom of expression and the safety of journalists”, the conference will address current threats to the freedom of expression and the safety of journalists and the challenges to journalism in times of war and crisis – with the war of aggression of Russia against Ukraine in the background.
Speakers at the opening at 9 am (Latvia time) on 5 October include Minister of Culture of Latvia, Agnese Logina, a representative from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović (left), and Council of Europe’s director for Information Society and Action against Crime, Hanne Juncher.
Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General, Bjørn Berge, and Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Latvia and head of the Latvian delegation of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, will close the event at 12.30 pm on 6 October.
The conference will be open to the media. Media accreditation requests should be sent to Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia ([email protected]) – ideally by 3pm yesterday (October 2).
The event will be live-streamed on the conference website. For info contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 6 89 99 50 42
Conference “The Pen is Mightier than the Sword? Meeting today’s challenges to freedom of expression and the safety of journalists” | Ārlietu ministrija
WATCH OUT FOR ANNOUNCEMENT OF DETAILS OF THE CAMPAIGN at 09.50 Latvia time (08.50 CET/07.50 BST), followed by “THEY BLEW HER UP” on the Daphne Caruana murder and debates on SLAPPS, journalists safety etc on Thursday pm and Friday with speakers Dunja Mijatovic, Ricard Gutierres of EFJ and top media lawyer Can Yeginsu.