12 - 13.03.2020, All day

Hate speech and fake news are rife, citizens are getting more and more confused as propaganda undermines the credibility of our news media, and our fundamental values are under attack. Impartial and accurate journalism is under attack.

It is high time to address the importance of uncensored, pluralistic media for the development of our free democracies in Europe.

Europe: We need a game-changer

We need a game-changer, and as mechanisms to make a difference, the project consists of four elements, where the focal point will be a conference on the topic of Free Media in Europe.

An analysis of how media are affected in targeted areas in Europe (incl. outcome of the EU “Media Pluralism Monitor” and results of the CoE study on self-censorship). The media situation in countries where democracy is in decline or threatened (i.e. outcome of the CoE Platform for the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists). Results of the follow-up of the report on press freedom and media pluralism carried out by the so-called High-Level Group delivered to the EU Commission.

A communication strategy should ensure a public debate. Invited to the conference:

  • Journalists and media organisations;
  • Media regulators and representatives of press councils;
  • Academics; Politicians, civil servants;
  • Citizens;
  • People working for human rights and democracy;
  • Members of intergovernmental parliaments in Europe

The output from the conference should point out the methodology to find the crucial link in the triangle: Citizens – Media – Governmental bodies.

Organizer and partners

The Free European Media Conference 2020 in Gdansk 12 and 13 March is organized by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and Free European Media in cooperation with Council of Europe, European Commission (EU), the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), Pomorskie Voivodeship, ESC – European Solidarity Centre, City of Gdansk.

More info: https://freeeuropean.media

Free European Media 2020 - Gdansk

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