It is with great sadness that we decided today to cancel the Conference in Gdansk.
Due to the increased outbreak of the coronavirus and after a consultation today with the EU Commission and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the EFJ decided to cancel the Free European Media 2020 conference in Gdansk.
We apologies for the inconvenience of this late cancellation, justified by the worsening of the situation and the increased precautionary measures announced by several States and airlines.
The European Trade Union Confederation decided on Tuesday at 4 p.m. that all ETUC and ETUI meetings which require their affiliates to travel abroad to the event, are cancelled from today until 19 April. This includes all committee meetings, meetings, training courses and events linked to projects, etc.
Therefore, our choice can only be to follow up and make the same decision, also bearing in mind that we as an organization shall take care about the health and well-being of its members.
Thank you for your understanding.
Kind regards, Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, President of the EFJ
During the post-World War II era, visionary European leaders established institutions and developed conventions that combined media and democracy to keep the peace in Europe. The Council of Europe, the European Union, the OSCE (based on the Helsinki Final Act) all regard media freedom as a fundamental pillar of democracy. Today, in several countries we find that the links between free and pluralistic media and politics are being challenged. 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.
Speakers from all over Europe
Mayor of Gdansk City
Chairman United Nations (UN General Assembly 2015-2016)
Vice-President of the EU-commission for Values and Transparency (online)
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
Mogens Blicher Bjerregård
President, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and Free European Media
Nordic Journalist Centre, Barents Press
Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, Mayor of Gdansk City, Mogens Lykketoft, Chairman United Nations (UN General Assembly 2015-2016), Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the EU-commission (online), Patrick Penninckx, Council of Europe, Wiesław Byczkowski, Vice Marshal, Pomorskie Voivodeship, Anna Kireeva, Nordic Journalist Centre (NJC), Barents Press, Harlem Désir, OSCE, Basil Kerski, Director of European Solidarity Centre (ECS), Magdalena Adamowich, MEP, Lucie Sýkorová, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Joanna Szymanska, ARTICLE 19, Lutz Kinkel,(ECPMF), Marta Barcenilla, Vice-President (EFJ), Suzanne Vanderzande, DG Connect, Maja Sever, president of the Croatian Union of Journalists, Krzysztof Bobinski, Society of Journalists, Poland, Tamara Filipovic, Serbia Journalist Federation, Aleksandra Rybinska, SDP Vicepresident, Poland, Adeline Hulin, UNESCO, Wout van Wijk, News Media Europe, Grzegorz Nawrocki, moderator, Ricardo Gutierrez, General Secretary (EFJ), Gulnara Akhundova, International Media Support (IMS), Anna Herold, DG Connect, Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska, Helsinki Foundation, Poland, Michal Klima, Czech Republic, John Frølich, (NJC), Gabor Polyak, Hungary, Alexander Warzilek, Austrian Press Council, Pieter Knapen, Belgian Press Council, Balasz Weyer, Hungarian Press Council, Mathew Caruana Galizia, Malta and other special guests from all over Europe, Jessica Ní Mhainín, Index of Censorship. Panel: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Heyer, University of Leipzig on behalf of Mapping Media Freedom, Florent Duplouy, Legal Advisor, Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journlists, Council of Europe, Iva Nenadic, Research Associate media Pluralism Monitor, Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom CMPF/EUI Florence, Prem Samy, Reporters Without Borders, Head of press index.
ORGANIZERS AND PARTNERS
From all over Europe
The Free European Media Conference 2020 in Gdansk 12. og 13. March is organized by 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), Danish Union of Journalists (DJ), Nordic Journalist Centre (NJC), Self-Goverment of the Pomorskie Voivodeship, European Solidarity Centre (ECS) and City of Gdansk.
AGENDA AND SESSIONS
Sessions: Free media and politics are challenged
Session 1: The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the UND SDG 16
How our intergovernmental institution through declarations, charters and development goals can support and ensure free and independent media?
Session 2: Media pluralism in Europe and the role of European Institutions
Through statements, directives and regulation the EU and Council of Europe commit their member-states to guarantee pluralism and press freedom. How is this addressed to member-states and measures could be taken to strengthen free and independent media?
Session 3: SPECIAL: How to safe media freedom in challenged countries – concrete steps
We need not only to discuss and identify challenges, but also innovative ideas to meet them. Some states fund media pluralism respecting the principle of arms’ length, while in other countries we see an unequal competition between state supportive media, oligarch controlled media and independent media.
Session 4: Mapping media freedom in Europe
How is freedom of the media monitored in Europe? What are the specifics to map media freedom violations? The sessions will present existing projects, discuss about their challenges, impact and future opportunities.
Session 5: Self-regulation and credibility in the media in the digital age
Talking about hate and disinformation, trust in media, self-regulation is a cornerstone for media to achieve credibility. This is now addressed in a large EU-project. How can such a project make a change?
Session 6: National plans of action on safety and the issue of impumity
Both the UN and the Council of Europe have urged member-states with all stakeholders on board developing national plans with mechanisms to ensure safety of journalists and to bring perpetrators to justice.
Session 7: The way forward – setting recommendation of action plan
After 24 hours conference, representatives of a diversity of European organisations will propose concrete actions that they and other organisations can take to meet the challenges addressed.