Building peace in the minds of men and women

World Press Freedom Day 2019


Audrey Azoulay
UNESCO Director-General
H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed
Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
H.E. Sahle-work Zewde
President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
H.E. Ambassador Kwesi Quartey
Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission
H.E. Ambassador Mahlet Hailu
Permanent Secretary , Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia
The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Moez Chakchouk
Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO
Ahmad Djauhar
Vice Chairperson of the Indonesian Press Coucil
Aaron Maasho
Journalist, Reuters
H.E. Rauno Merisaari
Ambassador of Finland for Human Rights and Democracy
Carsten Von Nahmen
Head of Deutsche Welle Akademie
Marion Obam
Vice President, National Syndicate of Cameroonian Journalists (SNJC)
Josephine Appiah-Nyamekye Sanny
Communications Coordinator for Anglophone West Africa, Afrobarometer
Elias Meseret Taye
Journalist and Lawyer, Correspondent for The Associated Press (AP) to Ethiopia and the African Union (AU)
Getachew Engida
Former Deputy-Director General of UNESCO, Distinguished Professor of Leadership & Management at Development Institute (CALDI); Tsinghua University, Beijing, PR China
Kabiru Yusuf
Chair, Media Trust Limited
Tom Mshindi
Media Consultant, African Council for Communication Education
H.E. Morten Aasland
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Norway to the African Union
H.E. Nigussu Tilahu
Office of the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Umbi Karuaihe-Upi
Namibia Broadcasting Corporation, Chair of Southern Africa Broadcasting Association Gender Committee
Wynne Musabayana
Head of Communication at the African Union Commission
H.E. Hans Wesseling
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to UNESCO
Justin Pettit
Human Rights Officer
Roukaya Kasenally
CEO, African Media Initiative
Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng
Consultant in media, culture and communication, Former Chair, National Media Commission of Ghana
Ruth Nesoba
Deployments Editor, BBC World Service
Sherif Alaa
Sirgut Yadeta
Co-founder, Ethiopian Institute for Leadership, Communication and Organisation
Trish Lynch
TV Presenter, IOHR
Valerie Peay
Director, International Observatory of Human Rights and the Trustee Director of the Royal Caledonian Educational Trust
Soliana Shimelis
Zone 9 Bloggers
Woubshet Taye Abebe
Editor in Chief, Gulale Post Magazine
Alphonce Shiundu
Country Editor, AfricaCheck
Befekadu Hailu
Writer, Blogger and Democracy Activist
Jeff Conroy-Krutz
Associate Professor of Political Science (Michigan State University) and Afrobarometer Working Papers Editor
Zoe Titus
Strategic Coordinator, Namibia Media Trust
Mathilde Vougny
Electoral Conflict Prevention Specialist
George Morara Monyoncho
Vice Chairperson, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
Yumiko Yokozeki
Daniel Ergetachew
Graphic Designer, UNESCO IICBA
Isabel Boavida
Cultural Attaché, Portugal Embassy in Ethiopia
Ali Ghamir
Editorial Cartoonist
Sylvain Platevoet
Programme and International Development Manager, Cartooning for Peace
Dawit Endeshaw
Jingxin Bao
Rachael Nakitare
Acting Television Programmes Manager, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
Jeremy Dear
Deputy General Secretary, International Federation of Journalists; Former Head, NUJ (UK and Ireland)
Sadiq Ibrahim
President, Federation of African Journalists
Pa Louis Thomasi
Director, IFJ Africa
Peter Quaqua
President, West Africa Journalists Association; Liberian journalist and trainer; Former head, Press Union of Liberia
Maria Luisa Carvalho Rogerio
Reporter, Jornal do Angola; Secretary General, Sindicato dos Jornalistas Angolanos
Charles Erick Oduor
Journalist, Nation Media Group, Kenya. Secretary General, KUJ
Cartoonist, Cartooning For Peace
Zied Dabbar
Head, Monitoring Unit on Protection of Journalists, Tunisian Journalists Union (SNJT)
Bertrand Levant
Programme Specialist for Freedom of Expression and Media Regulation, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
Anna Katulu
Human Rights Officer, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Chiara Adamo
Head of Unit - Gender, Human Rights and Democratic Governance EU/DGIC
Bruh Yihunbelay Mengistu
Managing Director, The Reporter
Alastair King-Smith
Co-ordinator for Global Campaign on Media Freedom, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Mesud Gebeyehu
Executive Director, Consortium of Ethiopian Rights Organizations (CERO)
Shaimaa Khalil
Journalist, BBC World Service
Julieta Alipala
Reporter at the Philippine Daily Inquirer
Anne Lawson
Sous-directrice générale des élections, Election Canada
Hussein Abdi Aden
Somalia EMB
Siaka Sangaré
President of the Réseau des compétences électorales francophones (RECEF)
Gregoire Ndjaka
CEO of the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB)
Ahmad Djauhar
Vice Chairman of Press Council of Indonesia
Nouri Lajmi
President of the Tunisian Haute Autorité Indépendante de la Communication Audiovisuelle
Afrah Nasser
Blogger, winner of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award 2017
Nadia Khiari
Press cartoonist, Cartooning for Peace, creator of Willis from Tunis
Jonathan Munro
Head of Newsgathering, BBC
Hiba Morgan
Journalist, Al Jazeera
Tsedale Lemma
Editor in chief, Addis Standard Online Magazine
Agnes Igoye
Ugandan Deputy National Coordinator Prevention of Trafficking in Persons and Founder of the Dream Revival Center
David Kaye
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Lina Attalah
Co-founder and editor, Mada Masr
Terens Quick
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece
Karen McKenzie
Head of Human Rights, Commonwealth Secretariat
Neil Ford
Director of Communications, Commonwealth Secretariat
Patsy Robinson
Chair of the Ramphal Institute
Muthoki Mumo
Sub-Saharan Africa Representative, Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ)
Abel Wabella
Managing Editor / Founder, Gobena Street / Addis Zebye
Emilar Gandhi
Public Policy Manager, Facebook
Andreas Reventlow
Programme Manager, International Media Support (IMS)
Leon Willems
Director Free Press Unlimited (FPU)
Pansy Tlakula
South African Information regulator and former special rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information to the African Commission
Mardiyah Chamim
Senior Editor of Tempo Institute and its former Executive Director
Churchill Otieno
Chairperson – Kenya Editors Guild
Julie Posetti
Journalist and Scholar
Birtukan Mideksa
Head of Elections Board (Ethiopia)
Paul Kimumwe
Senior Programme Officer – Research and Advocacy, CIPESA
Wambui Kiai
Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Nairobi
Dinah Kituyi
Executive Director – IREX Kenya Regional Lead – Securing Access to Free Expression – East Africa
Solomon Goshu
Public Policy Advisor at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES)
Juliet Nanfuka
Research and Communications, CIPESA
Felicia Anthonio
African Freedom of Expression Exchange
Nnenna Nwakanma
Interim Policy Director, Web Foundation
Jason Pielemeier
Policy Director, Global Network Initiative (GNI)
Bruh Yihunbelay Mengistu
Managing editor,The Reporter
Ole Reitov
Journalist and former Executive Director of Freemuse
Elena Abrusci
Senior Research Officer for the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology project (HRBDT) at the Human Rights Centre and School of Law, University of Essex (UK)
Michael J. Oghia
Advocacy&Engagement Manager, GFMD
Eric Johnson
Independent expert and consultant
Lifaqane Nare
Researcher at Zimbabwean fact-checking organization ZimFact
Ivan Mugisha
Ozias Sounouvou
News Anchor
Isaac Khaguli Esipisu
Media and strategic communications professional
Goretti Linda Nassanga
Senior lecturer at Makerere University
Migai Akech
APRM Governance Expert
Grace Githaiga
Member of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television IWART- Kenya Chapter
Paula Saucedo
Rompe el Miedo, ARTICLE 19
Amal El Mekki
Freelance journalist
Regina Opondo
Executive Secretary, Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (GRECO)
Seçil Epik
Editor and literary critic, P24
Nobonita Chowdhury
Prime time moderator, Rajkahon show, DBC News
Tore Bergsaker
Investigative journalist, fact checker and founder of Norwegian fact-checking initiative,
Joyce Laetitia Kazembe
Commissioner, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
Kofi Boakye
Commissioner of Police in charge of Research, Planning Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ghana Police Headquarters
Patricia Litho
Chairperson, Ugandan Women Media Association
Tess Bacalla
Executive Director, SEAPA
Gayathry Venkiteswaran
PhD candidate, Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Shubhranshu Choudhary
TV and radio producer, BBC's South Asia Bureau
Maung Saungkha
Executive director, ATHAN
Adi Renaldi
Emeline Wuilbercq
Xavier Gorce
Lars Refn
Alaa Satir
Thomas Hughes
Executive Director, ARTICLE 19
Sekoetlane Phamodi
Media development and public policy worker
Kudakwashe T. Hove
Legal and ICT Policy Officer, MISA
Saikou Jammeh
Journalist and media and freedom of expression rights advocate
Bethlehem Woldeyohannes
Media and communications consultant and a writer
Ololade Shyllon
Human rights lawyer and independent consultant
Meaza Worku
Hanok Mebratu
Film Director
Brahim El Mazned
Director of Visa for Music festival
Danielle Cliche
Chief of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, UNESCO
Maria Ressa
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Editor, Rappler
Gwen Lister
Executive Chair, Namibia Media Trust
Christine Stegling
Executive Director, Frontline AIDS
Stephen King
CEO, Luminate
Oby Ezekwesili
Public Policy Analyst / Senior Economic Advisor, AEDPI and Co-Founder of #BringBackOurGirls Movement
Chrispin Mwakideu
Multimedia Journalist Deutsche Welle
Naglaa Elemary
Consultant/Lecturer, Jordan Media Institute
Myriam Redondo Escudero
Freelance Journalist & Verification Coach
Kwami Ahiabenu
Founder Penplusbytes
Jesper Højberg
Executive Director, International Media Support
Vivian Affoah
Programme Manager for Freedom of Expression at the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)
Simbiso Marimbe
IMS Programme Manager
Kemi Yesufu
Marika Griehsel
Fojo Media Institute project manager
Lars Tallert
Head of Policy and International development at Fojo Media Institute, Linneus University, Sweden
Nigussu Solomon
Digital data expert and deputy managing director at Nubia Media. Co-author of a social media landscape mapping of Ethiopia.
Hadra Ahmed
Ethiopian freelance journalist
Ewa Thorslund
Former head of Swedish Media council and expert on digitalization and its effects on society.