On 6th of September 2017, the BBC reported that Gauri Lankesh, a prominent Indian journalist critical of Hindu nationalist politics and vocal about Kashmiri Rights and Muslim rights, had been shot dead in front of her house in India. Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered across several Indian cities following this killing. Media, human rights organisations and opposition party leaders also strongly condemned the shooting.
But what happened to Gauri Lankesh is not a singular case. Journalists all over the world are put in danger every day. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released the following numbers, for 2017 alone:
30 journalists have been killed
171 journalists in prison
55 journalists still missing
Since 1992, more than 808 journalists have been killed and from what we see these days, these numbers are not going down too soon. Governments and non-state actors find innovative ways to suppress the media worldwide.
In light of these facts, it is clear that the EU value of freedom of speech must be upheld firmly. What is the EU doing towards the freedom of press and protection of journalists? Is there more we could do both at EU and global level? How can individuals, companies and institutions cooperate? Let’s find out together.
WSF organised an open discussion about the freedom of press and human rights situation in 2017.
18.00 – 18.30 Registration
18.30 – 18.45 Welcome Words & Introduction
18.45 – 19.45 Panel Discussion
Tom Gibson – Lead Advocate of the Committee to Protect Journalist Brussels. Mr Gibson is currently working to push EU institutions to better protect journalists and defend press freedom.
Ernest Sagaga – Head of IFJ Human Rights & Safety
Waqass Goraya – Human Rights activist and blogger from Pakistan and currently in exile in Netherlands.
19.45 – 20.00 Q&A Session
20.00 – Networking Drinks