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Scottish Press Freedom Summit 2019

Jul 19 2019

Price: Free
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Date: Friday 19th July, 8.30am-6pm

Location: LG34, Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ

Scottish PEN, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Law School, the Saltire Society, and the National Union of Journalists, are hosting the Scottish Press Freedom Summit, a one-day conference exploring the threat to press freedom happening around the world.

It will explore issues such as: the censorship, incarceration, and murder of journalists; surveillance, defamation, hate speech and national security; media pluralism, ownership and monopolies; and questions around independent journalism and how we can defend media freedom. The conference aims to address these threats and consider ways that we can better protect journalists and press freedom more broadly. Leading journalists will share their experiences and discuss some of the leading investigations that have defined public debate across the country. There will also be practical and interactive workshops focusing on fact-checking, protecting our digital security and privacy, completing Freedom of Information requests, and envisaging what rights-respecting regulation of online platforms would look like.

Speakers and workshop leaders confirmed so far include:

  • Sarah Clarke (Head of Europe and Central Asia, ARTICLE 19)
  • Libby Brooks (Scotland Correspondent, The Guardian)
  • Joy Hyvarinen (Head of Advocacy, Index on Censorship)
  • Dr. Catherine Happer (Lecturer, Sociology & Deputy Director, Glasgow University Media Group, University of Glasgow)
  • Abdulrahman Ezz (Egyptian journalist formerly imprisoned for his
    coverage of the Tahrir Square protests)
  • Gianinni Mastrangioli Salazar (a Venezuelan journalist living in exile in Edinburgh following his
    coverage of corruption in Caracas)
  • Ali Brian (The Ferret)
  • Lorraine Currie (Scottish Information Commissioner)
  • Adam Ramsay (Co-Editor of openDemocracy UK).

More information can be found here.