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Meet GFMD in WPFD and RightsCon

02 April 2018

Dear GFMD Members, 

GFMD will be participating in 3 media development-related events in spring 2018. Please let us know if you will be attending, or organising panels and speaking in these events. We would like to promote your activities and also use these opportunities to meet those of you who will attend the events.

World Press Freedom Day, Accra, Ghana, May 2-3
As you already know, GFMD will hold its annual Steering Committee meeting in connection with World Press Freedom Day (WPDF) in Accra, Ghana, May 2-3. We will be convening on the 1st of May (the day before) at the WPFD event venue, the Kempinski hotel. This year, WPFD will be held under the theme Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law and will cover issues of media and the transparency of the political process, the independence and media literacy of the judicial system, and the accountability of state institutions towards the public. The event will also examine contemporary challenges of ensuring press freedom online. The provisional programme for the UNESCO event is already online. Please let us know if you will be attending World Press Freedom Day and if any of you will be speaking on any of the panels.

International Journalism Festival, Perugia, April 11-14 
Both Ricardo Corredor, GFMD Chairman and Mira Milosevic, our Executive Director will be attending the International Journalism Festival. Mira will be speaking at the panel Newsrooms of the World Unite! Finding a global solution to misinformation together with Fergus Bell (Dig Deeper Media), Chris Elliot (trustee at Ethical Journalism Network), Mandy Jenkins (Storyful) and Ezra Eeman (European Broadcasting Union). Please see more on the panel here.
RightsCon, Toronto, Canada, May 16-18

The third event that GFMD will be participating in is Access Now's annual event RightsCon, taking place in Toronto, May 16-18. GFMD will be hosting and co-hosting three sessions under the theme Misinformation, Journalism, and the Future of Online Media:

  • Wearing many hats: What is the future of online independent media - ideating and brainstorming - an interactive "thinking" session focusing on the viability and feasibility of journalism in the digital age.
  • From clickbait to misinformation: How can we change the way we measure, value and monetize content online? co-hosted with Free Press Unlimited. The session will focus on sharing knowledge of best practices that will positively impact the understanding of audiences behaviour online.
  • Bot Battles: Disinformation, Computational Propaganda and Speech Regulation - co-hosted with National Democratic Institute - This session will highlight various aspects of responses aimed at countering threats posed by propaganda, especially computational propaganda, disinformation, hate speech, trolling and other negative forms of content spread in social and traditional media

Please find the draft program for RightsCon here. Please let us know if you will be attending the event.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any comments or questions.


The GFMD team