A global digital conversation on media freedom

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A global digital conversation on media freedom

It is meant to draw attention to the threats faced by media from governments and non-state organisations and to share and showcase global good practice. It will be streamed live on Facebook.

The conversation will be steered and moderated by Krishna Prasad, former Editor-in-Chief of Outlook & former Member, Press Council of India & Adjunct Faculty of Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) and N Ram, Chairman of The Hindu Group & Trustee ACJ. It will feature respected voices on media issues globally including Alan Rusbridger, Emmy & Pulitzer winner and former Editor of The Guardian, Chair of The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Board Member of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Others include:

  • Ian Jack, former Editor of The Independent on Sunday and Granta
  • Richard Sambrook, former Director BBC Global News & World Service and currently Deputy Head of Cardiff University’s School of Journalism.

Journalism scholars and practitioners from across India, the UK, US, Germany & South Asia are also expected to join.

Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, British Deputy High Commissioner Chennai said:

We are delighted that ACJ a long-standing partner of ours on issues concerning media and journalism, is leading this important and timely global conversation on Media Freedom. The UK government is keen to work with such organisations to shine a spotlight on the challenges to media freedom globally.

We hope that this conversation both encourages countries to act on the specific cases discussed and spurs global collaboration to strengthen independent media and counter dis-information or fake news.

Sashi Kumar, Chairman, ACJ said:

2018 was one of the deadliest years for journalists worldwide with several killed and detained. But 2018 was not an aberration. Media are increasingly targeted, legislative and practical obstacles to a free media have proliferated. ACJ are pleased to lead this conversation via a new and exciting digital platform that ensures that questions raised and thoughts emerging are representative of what’s happening globally.

We plan to publish a Global Charter on Media Freedom as one of our outcomes. We also encourage global partners and sponsors to join us in sustaining this conversation so that evolves into an ongoing global forum of thought and action on media freedom.

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