Defend Media Freedom Conference Day 2. Watch LIVE. What is media freedom, why is it important? #defendmediafreedom
Those speaking are:
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Special Envoy for Media Freedom Amal Clooney discuss importance of media freedom.
The UK and Canadian governments are working together to defend media freedom. Also to improve the safety of journalists who report across the world.
The Global Conference for Media Freedom will bring together global leaders. Government officials, multilateral agencies, civil society organisations. Academics, editors, publishers, and journalists to debate the issue and take international action.
Journalists are eager to make sure they can work in safety and without fear. Too often they find themselves threatened and under pressure.
And must not forget fake news. This a subject in the Tony Hall speech to the conference. The Director General pointed out the dangers of fake news. What are your thoughts on this? Have you been affected by it? Leave your comments we would love to hear about your experience.
About Media Freedom
A free and independent media plays a vital role in protecting human rights and holding the powerful to account. Media freedom is the lifeblood of democracy. It can be the foundation for economic prosperity and social development. It means that society can be free, fair and open. Journalistic scrutiny is an essential part of a vibrant and healthy democracy.
The world is becoming a more hostile place for journalists. The group Reporters Without Borders called 2018 the deadliest year on record for journalists. UNESCO confirms that at least 99 journalists were killed. A further 348 imprisoned and 60 held hostage. Freedom of expression is being stifled and barriers are preventing the functioning of an independent media. We must address this and the dangers it presents.
What are your thoughts on this subject? Is it important to make sure there is media freedom worldwide? Drop by our comment box and leave your views. We would love to hear from you. Let us know how you feel about media freedom. Or if you have other ideas you would like to make us aware of – tell us. Your views are important to us.
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