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Am 8. und 9. Oktober 2015 kommen Journalisten, Wissenschaftler, Medienrechtsanwälte und Politiker zur European Media Freedom Conference des neu gegründeten Europäischen Zentrum für Presse- und Medienfreiheit (ECPMF) nach Leipzig, um an diesem historischen Ort und Datum abermals ein deutliches Zeichen für die Presse- und Medienfreiheit zu setzen.

In zahlreichen Panels und Workshops diskutieren mehr als 45 hochrangige Redner und Konferenzteilnehmer aus vielen europäischen Ländern über Themen wie Überwachung, Whistleblowing und europäisches Medienrecht.

Darunter unter anderen: Galina Arapova, Direktor Mass Media Defence Centre, Russland; Laura Garavini, italienische Parlamentsabgeordnete und Mitglied der Anti-Mafia-Kommission, Esad Hecimovic, investigativer Journalist, Bosnien; Hans-Ulrich Jörges, Chefredakteur Sonderaufgaben, Gruner + Jahr, Deutschland; Gabriele Bertolli, Europäische Kommission, Directorate Communications Networks; Melody Patry, Advocacy Officer, Index on Censorship, England; Ljiljana Smajlovic, Vorsitzende der serbischen Journalistengewerkschaft (UNS), Chefredakteurin Politika, Serbien; Tom Heinemann, preisgekrönter Dokumentarfilmer, Dänemark; Naser Selmani, Präsident Journalistenvereinigung Mazedonien; Alberto Spampinato, Gründer Ossigeno per l’Informazione, Italien; Dirk Voorhoof, Professor Internationales Medienrecht, Belgien; George Pleios, Professor Kultur & Massenmedien, Griechenland; Peter Matzneller, Leiter des Institut für Europäisches Medienrecht, Deutschland; Richard Peppiatt, Journalist, Naughty Step Productions, England; Peter Warren, Leiter Cyber Security Research Institute, England; Bjoern Rupp,Verschlüsselungsexperte, Deutschland; Vessilin Dimitrov, stellv. Chefredakteur Forbes,  Bulgarien; Ides Debruyne, Geschäftsführer Journalismfund.eu, Belgien; Besa Luci, Chefredaktuer Kosovo 2.0. u.v.m.

In die Konferenz integriert: Am Abend des 8. Oktober werden Nedim Şener (türkischer Journalist und Buchautor) und Jafar Panahi (iranischer Filmregisseur) mit dem 30.000 Euro dotierten „Preis für die Freiheit und Zukunft der Medien“ ausgezeichnet. Die Medienstiftung der Sparkasse Leipzig lädt die Kongressteilnehmer zur Verleihung herzlich ein.

Die Konferenzsprachen sind Deutsch und Englisch. Es wird simultan und konsekutiv übersetzt. 

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On 8th and 9th October, media experts from across Europe will meet in Leipzig at the inaugural conference of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and spend two days in intensive discussions on themes like surveillance, source protection, whistleblowing and European media law.

Confirmed speakers include Galina Arapova, Director of the Mass Media Defence Centres, Russia; Laura Garavini, Italian MP and Anti-Mafia Commission member, Esad Hecimovic, investigative journalist, Bosnia; Hans-Ulrich Jörges, Editor in Chief Special Affairs, Gruner+Jahr, Germany; Gabriele Bertolli, European Commission, Directorate Communications Networks; Melody Patry, Advocacy Officer, Index on Censorship, UK; Ljiljana Smajlovic, Chief Editor of Politika, Serbia; Tom Heinemann, award-winning documentary filmmaker, Denmark; Naser Selmani, President, Association of Journalists of Macedonia; Alberto Spampinato, founder  Ossigeno per l’Informazione, Italy; Dirk Voorhoof, Professor International Media Law, Belgium; George Pleios, Professor Culture of Mass Media, Greece; Peter Matzneller, General Manager, Institute of European Media Law, Germany; Richard Peppiatt, journalist, Naughty Step Productions, UK; Peter Warren, Chairman, Cyber Security Research Institute, UK; Bjoern Rupp, encryption expert, Germany; Vessilin Dimitrov, Deputy Editor in Chief, Forbes Bulgaria; Ides Debruyne, Managing Director, Journalismfund.eu, Belgium; Besa Luci, Editor in Chief, Kosovo 2.0 … For more info please scroll down.

Integrated into the conference: on the evening of 8th October the Turkish journalist and author Nedim Sener and Jafar Pahani the Iranian film director will be awarded the 30,000 euro Prize for the Freedom and Future oft he Media Prize. The Media Foundation Sparkasse Leipzig warmly invites all attendees to join us for the award ceremony and evening reception.

Conference languages are English and German. Translations will be provided. 

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Alberto Spampinato

Ossigeno per l'Informazione
President
Roma Italy

Alberto Spampinato is an italian journalist, a media expert about the protection of threatened journalists for the OSCE and the Italian Parliamentary Anti-Mafia Commission. From 2007 to 2011 he was as counselor of FNSI, the Italian union of journalists. From 1976 to 2012 he worked as professional reporter for daily newspapers and Ansa News Agency. Now woks full time as a volunteer for Ossigeno per l’Informazione NGO.


His elder brother was killed in 1972 in Sicily. Giovanni, 26 y.o, was an investigative journalist for the Italian newspapers L’Ora di Palermo. He was reporting the unclear circumstances of a murder, still unpunished.  Giovanni reported elements that prosecutors are not taking into account, elements that indicated the probable complicity of subversive fascists groups, of the underworld and the mafia. For this, first Giovanni was intimidated and then killed. After telling in a book the story of his brother as the story of one of the 11 journalists killed in Italy by the mafia and terrorists and the story of one of the thousands of journalists threatened and intimidated in Italy for their reporting, in 2008 Alberto founded “Ossigeno per l’Informazione” NGO, of which is still president and editor.


In Italy media cover an intimidation every thousand. Ossigeno is born in 2008 with the aim to to provide comprehensive information on the phenomenon and show that intimidation are frequent and that they prevent the circulation of important information. In few years Ossigeno reached the target publishing the names of 2,300 victims of intimidation, threats and abuse. In the first 100 days of 2015 other 140 names have been added to the list. The names of the victims are found with an active search of news about the intimidation, with daily monitoring, done by a staff of volunteers with the tools of professional investigative journalism.In addition to the monitoring, Ossigeno spread news about each episode of intimidation, study why there are so many threats, help victims.  This way Ossigeno classified 34 different typology of intimidation and uncovered some loopholes and gaps in the law that make intimidation easy and unpunished. This way Ossigeno brought the theme to the public attention, showed that  intimidation, threats and abuses occur largely in Italy as well in many Western countries against journalists and other media operators like bloggers, opinionists and video reporters. Today, in Italy, thanks to the work of Ossigeno, all poeple admit that the law allows anyone to use the complaints and lawsuits for libel to intimidate journalists, to achieve a de facto censorship that would be prohibited.