Podiumsdiskussion am 22. Juni 2017 in Berlin ICS

Freedom of Information under Pressure

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers" (Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

This panel is going to discuss the current situation of repression up to indirect censorship and also try to come up with concepts of a solidary transnational communication with media activists and journalists. 

on Thursday, 22nd of June at 1 pm
Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences
Alice-Salomon-Platz 5 12627 Berlin

Communication Rights and Freedom of Information have been contested ever since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was passed in 1948. Now, we are shifting into a time where „alternative facts”, „hate speech” and a repressive surveillance apparatus mark the public discourse and put the individual Right to Information and Communication under pressure.

As nowadays, Turkey presents us with a laboratory for the systematic erosion of Communication and Information Rights, as well as an example for massive arrests of journalists and media activists, we also want to discuss the implications of these developments.

But Communication Rights and Freedom of Information are not only in danger in countries of political authoritarianism. Privatisation and commercialisation of media has led to media monopolies, which have the power to influence our understanding of the world significantly. The responsibility for these developments lies within the failure to protect and establish communication and information as a right in contrary to the approach of global media players who have successfully turned it into a commodity.

Moderation: Fehmi Katar (student and journalist)
Welcome by Bettina Völter (prorector of ASH)
Erika Campelo (media activist) – World Media Forum
Anne Renzenbrink (press officer with) - Reporters without Borders
Eren Caylan (freelance journalist)
Muzaffer Kaya - Academics for Peace

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