World Press Freedom Day 2016

Programme

Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms - This Is Your Right!

 

 

Tue, 3 May
8:00 to 9:00

Registration

Finlandia Hall

Registration (For all participants)

9:00 to 10:00

Opening Ceremony

Finlandia Hall

25 years after the Windhoek Declaration - Press Freedom, Right to Information, and Transparency

Welcome by Masters of Ceremony

  • Annika Damström, Current Affairs Host and Journalist at YLE ‐ Finnish Broadcasting Co. (Finland)
  • Peter Nyman, News Anchor, MTV3 (Finland)
Cultural Performance “Swan of Tuonela” by the Star Dancers of the Finnish National Ballet
  • Choreography by Imre Eck
  • Music by Jean Sibelius
Opening Remarks
Keynote
  • Gwen Lister, Founder of The Namibian; Executive Chair of the Namibia Media Trust (Namibia)
Cultural Performance “Is there a summer in Finland?” by the Choir of the Finnish National Opera
  • From the opera “The Red Line” by Aulis Sallinen

Livestream

10:00 to 10:30

Refreshments break

Refreshments break

10:30 to 12:00

Parallel Session 1

Veranda 4

Impact of the refugee crisis on Public Service Media values

Organizers: Media Diversity Institute, European Broadcasting Union, YLE - Finnish Broadcasting Co.

Opening Remarks:

  • Nasima Razmyar, Member of Parliament of Finland (Afghanistan/Finland)

Panellists:

  • Ade Armando, Associate Professor, University of Indonesia (Indonesia)
  • Ali Jahangiri, Presenter, YLE Puhe Radio (Iran/Finland)
  • Carolina Matos, Lecturer in Sociology, City University London (Brazil)
  • Charlotte Harder, International Editor, Danish Broadcasting Corporation (Denmark)
  • Mircea Barbu, Reporter Foreign Affairs, Adevarul (Romania)
  • Naomi Sakr, Professor of Media Policy and Director of the CAMRI Arab Media Centre, University of Westminster (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Moderator:

  • Milica Pesic, Executive Director, Media Diversity Institute (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

 

10:30 to 12:00

Parallel Session 2

Veranda 3

Is artistic freedom a new development challenge?

Organizers: UNESCO, Hanasaari-Hanaholmen -  the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre in conjunction with the Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers

Welcoming remarks:

Panellists:

  • Ammu Joseph, Journalist and media specialist (India)
  • Marie Ottosson, Assistant Director-General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sweden)
  • Mike van Graan, Director Executive Director, African Arts Institute (South Africa)
  • Ole Reitov, Executive Director, Freemuse (Denmark)

Moderator:

  • Jussi-Pekka Rantanen, News Presenter and Senior Producer, YLE - Finnish Broadcasting Co. (Finland)
10:30 to 12:00

Parallel Session 3

Veranda 2

Whistleblowers and Journalists’ Source Protection

Organizers: Article 19, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism

Panellists:

  • Julie Posetti, Head of Editorial Digital Capability, Fairfax Media (Australia)
  • Rana Sabbagh, Executive Director, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (Jordan)
  • Sami Ben Gharbia, Founding Director, Global Voices Advocacy (Tunisia)
  • Susanna Reinboth, Journalist, Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

Moderator:

  • Barbora Bukovska, Senior Director for Law and Policy, Article 19 (Czech Republic)

12:00 to 14:00

Lunch

Helsinki International Press Club Speaker’s Corner Piazza Pop Up (13:00-14:00)
Inauguration of Exhibitions

14:00 to 15:45

Plenary 1

Finlandia Hall

Protecting Your Rights: Surveillance Overreach, Data Protection, and Online Censorship

Keynote speaker:

Panellists:

Moderator:

  • Christiane Amanpour, Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety, UNESCO (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Livestream

15:45 to 16:15

Refreshments break

Helsinki International Press Club Speaker’s Corner Piazza Pop Up
Safety First! Digital Freedom in Practice

16:15 to 17:45

Parallel Session 5

Veranda 3

The Right to Information – Focus on Gender and Other Benefits

Organizer: FOIAnet

Panellists:

Moderator:

  • Helen Darbishire, Executive Director, Access Info Europe (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
16:15 to 17:45

Parallel Session 6

Veranda 2

Can tweets recruit for terror? Understanding radicalization in the social media sphere

Organizer: Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

Panellists:

  • Brandon Oelofse, Senior Trainer and Coordinator, Radio Netherlands Training Center (South Africa)
  • Chadia Khedir, Editor-in-Chief Cultural News, Watania 2 (Tunisia)
  • Mazen Darwish, President, Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression and 2015 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize laureate (Syria)
  • Mona Kareem, Contributor, Migrant-rights.org (Kuwait)
  • Tommi Karttaavi, Manager Chapter Development-Europe, Internet Society (Finland)

Moderator:

16:15 to 17:45

Parallel Session 4

Veranda 4

Countering Hate Speech in the Media through Ethics and Self-Regulation

Organizers: International Federation of Journalists, Finnish Union of Journalists, Finnish Council of Mass Media

Panellists:

Moderator:

  • Aidan White, Director, Ethical Journalism Network (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
18:00 to 19:00

2016 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Ceremony

Finlandia Hall

2016 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Ceremony

Livestream

19:15 to 21:30

Reception [BY INVITATION ONLY]

Kiasma: Museum of Contemporary Art

Hosted by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Wed, 4 May
8:30 to 9:30

Special Rapporteurs’ Joint Declaration

Finlandia Hall

Organizer: Article 19

Panellists:

  • Barbora Bukovska, Senior Director for Law and Policy, Article 19 (Czech Republic)
  • Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Organization of American States (Uruguay)
  • Frane Maroevic, Director of the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
  • Toby Mendel, Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy (Canada)

Moderator:

  • Thomas Hughes, Executive Director, Article 19 (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Livestream

9:30 to 11:00

Plenary 2

Finlandia Hall

Freedom of Information as a Fundamental Freedom and Human Right

Panellists:

  • Edetaen Ojo, Executive Director, Media Rights Agenda (Nigeria)
  • Mabel Rehnfeldt, Investigative journalist and editor, ABC-Digital-ABC Color (Paraguay)
  • Markku Suksi, Professor of Public Law, Åbo Akademi University (Finland)
  • Neela Banerjee, Journalist, Inside Climate News (United States of America)
  • Toby Mendel, Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy (Canada)

Moderator:

  • Albana Shala, Chair, Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)

Livestream

11:00 to 11:30

Refreshments break

Helsinki International Press Club Speaker’s Corner Piazza Pop Up
Human Rights and Freedom of Expression Organizations in Finland

 

11:30 to 13:00

Parallel Session 7

Veranda 4

The New Frontiers in Disinformation

Organizer: International Center for Journalists

Panellists:

  • Andrey Rikhter, Senior Adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (Russian Federation)
  • Magda Abu-Fadil, Director, Media Unlimited (Lebanon)
  • Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Executive Secretary, Russian Union of Journalists (Russian Federation)
  • Rahma Mian, Co-founder, Hacks/Hackers Pakistan (Pakistan)
  • Roberts Putnis, Head of Media Policy Division, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia (Latvia)

Moderator:

  • Joyce Barnathan, President, International Center for Journalists (United States of America)
11:30 to 13:00

Parallel Session 8

Veranda 3

Access to Information and SDGs’ Indicators – Goal 16

Organizer: Global Forum for Media Development

Panellists:

  • Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Haruna Attah, High Commissioner of Ghana to the Republic of Namibia
  • Bill Orme, Global Forum for Media Development United Nations Representative (United States of America)
  • Guy Berger, Director of Division Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
  • Karabo Rajuili, Member National Working Group, Right2know (South Africa)
  • Mostefa Souag, Acting Director-General, Al Jazeera Media Network (Qatar)

Moderator:

  • Tahmina Rahman, Director Bangladesh and South Asia, Article 19 (Bangladesh)

11:30 to 13:00

Parallel Session 9

Veranda 2

Safety of Journalists – Strengthening the Momentum

Organizers: IPI, in conjunction with CPJ, EBU, IFJ, IMS, INSI, RSF, WAN-IFRA

Panellists:

  • Anthony Bellanger, General Secretary, International Federation of Journalists (France)
  • Cilla Benkö, Director-General, Sveriges Radio (Sweden)
  • Erin Banco, Middle East Correspondent, International Business Times (United States of America)
  • Frank La Rue, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO
  • Javier Garza Ramos, Safety Advisor, World Editors Forum (Mexico)
  • Osama Al-Habahbeh, Programme Manager Iraq, International Media Support (Denmark)
  • Owais Aslam Ali, Chairman, Pakistan Press International and Executive Board Member, International Press Institute (Pakistan)

Moderator:

  • Barbara Trionfi, Executive Director, International Press Institute (Italy)

13:00 to 14:00

Closing Session

Finlandia Hall

Adoption of the Finlandia Declaration:

  • Guy Berger, Director of Division Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO

Handover to World Press Freedom Day 2017 Host

Keynote speakers:

Masters of Ceremony:

  • Annika Damström, Current Affairs Host and Journalist at YLE - Finnish Broadcasting Co. (Finland)
  • Peter Nyman, News Anchor, MTV3 (Finland)

Livestream

14:30 to 17:00

Seminar

Finlandia Hall

Promoting Freedom of Expression in the Arab Region: Impact of development projects

Organizer: UNESCO, Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Programme Seminar (PDF)

Livestream

Thu, 5 May
14:30 to 17:00

Post WPFD 2016 Event: The City Where Heaven Meets the Sea

Picturesque tour of Helsinki by tram and boat

MEETING POINT: Rautatientori, Mikonkatu 17, in front of the Casino of Helsinki

Please register via this link (places for 45 participants)

Post WPFD Event (PDF)