In October, the newly established European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, ECPMF, will hold its inauguration conference in Leipzig, Germany. On October 8 and 9, 2015 journalists, media professionals, politicians and academics will meet to discuss the most pressing issues concerning press freedom in Europe.
The protection of sources, whistleblowing and European media law will be among the topics for the conference, mainly focussing on the question how journalists can best practise their work without being harmed or hindered. Also funding of media freedom will be a topic, not only in discussions, but also at a meeting with the donors, where media professionals have the chance to get in direct contact with funding institutions. The draft programme can be found online. Among the announced speakers are Galiana Arapova, Director of the Mass Media Defense Centre in Russia, Gabriele Bertolli of the European Commission and Oliver Vujovic, Secretary General of the South East Europe Media Organisation SEEMO.
Register here for the ECPMF conference.
The attendance at the conference is free and open for everyone interested in the topic of media freedom in Europe. Journalists who are not able to take part due to financial reasons will be given the opportunity to apply for aid from a hardship fund. In addition to that, the organisers are also willing to help with visa applications or accommodation in Leipzig.
The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom has just recently been established in June 2015. It is a pan-European organisation that has the goal to support the application of the European Charter on Freedom of the Press. The ECPMF is an organisation for journalists, among the founding members are different media organisations, for example SEEMO, the European Federation of Journalists and the Institute for European Media Law.