As part of its continuing international media freedom initiative, the AIB is hosting a meeting in London on 7 November 2019 to bring together AIB Members and the wider media industry to discuss this crucially important subject.

The event is designed to allow participants to share information and experiences regarding challenges to media freedom, and to contribute to the AIB media freedom initiative work plan. There will be the opportunity to talk with a senior representative of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office that co-hosted the Global Conference on Media Freedom with Canada in July and hear plans for the continuing UK campaign.

The meeting is taking place at the kind invitation of Doughty Street Chambers and is supported by Al Jazeera Media Network. The outline agenda appears below, and you can apply to attend at: https://forms.gle/KMMTdjNxYmior3BG8.

Contact the AIB Secretariat for any additional information.

Media Freedom Meeting | 7 November 2019

Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS

Outline agenda

1030      Arrival, networking coffee

1100       Introductions and outline of objectives

  • Doughty Street Chambers
  • Association for International Broadcasting
  • Al Jazeera Media Network

1120       Media Freedom Global Brief – current challenges, notable improvements

  • BBC Monitoring – the disinformation sphere and the world’s most hostile media freedom territories

1215        In perspective – real cases

The AIB work plan is based on a very real need to develop awareness of the importance of media freedom amongst the public in territories worldwide. But it’s an abstract notion – and it’s abstract even for those working in media organisations. This session will hear testimony from people who have been directly impacted by attempts to stifle media freedom.

Speakers include: John Battle, Head of Compliance, ITN (UK)

1315        Buffet lunch and networking

1410       The international campaign for media freedom – achievements; next steps

  • Mohammed Shokat, Co-ordinator, Media Freedom, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Canada Foreign Affairs representative

1445      The work of the AIB and its Members

  • Introduction of the Steering Group
  • Summary of the AIB’s work plan and achievements to date
  • Opportunities for collaboration and development
  • Timetable for continuing work
  • Involving other organisations and sectors – opportunities with the ad sector, etc.

1500      Discussion, next steps and round up

1545      Close; tea and networking

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