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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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Thursday, October 8 • 14:30 - 16:00
Whistleblowing in Europa – riskante Unterfangen/ Whistleblowing in Europe - still a risky undertaking

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Whistleblowing gilt als wichtiges Mittel, um öffentliche und private Institutionen an den Grundsatz der Rechtschaffenheit zu erinnern und für ihr Handeln haftbar zu machen. Für Journalisten ist es eine unverzichtbare Quelle. Der Europarat und einige nationalstaatliche Regierungen haben eine Reihe von rechtlichen Instrumenten entwickelt und gefördert, um das Whistleblowing zu schützen und zu stärken. Wie die jüngsten Fälle um Antoine Deltour (LexLeaks), Hervé Falciani (HSBCLeaks) und Maria Bamieh (EULEXLEaks) zeigen, bestehen jedoch Mängel bei der Umsetzung dieser Rechtsvorschriften. Schlimmer noch, die meisten Whistleblower werden verklagt und strafrechtlich verfolgt, was wiederum Andere davon abhält, mit ihren Daten an die Öffentlichkeit zu gehen.

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Whistleblowing is recognised as an important tool to keep public and private institutions accountable, and a vital source for journalists. A set of legal instruments on protection and encouragement of whistleblowing has been drafted and promoted by the Council of Europe and some national governments. But the latest cases of Antoine Deltour (LexLeaks), Hervé Falciani (HSBCLeaks), Maria Bamieh (EULEXLEaks) prove that the implementation of legislation is lacking. What is worse, most whistleblowers are sued and prosecuted, and this discourages individuals from coming forward with public disclosures. 

Moderator
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Flutura Kusari

Legal Advisor, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)
Flutura is a media lawyer and is responsible for the ECPMF’s legal support. She has worked for various civil society organisations in Kosovo that focus on human rights, freedom of expression and the rule of law. For several years Flutura worked on complex investigative articles... Read More →

Speaker
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Shkumbin Ahmetxhekaj

Editor of current affairs, Radio Television of Kosovo
Shkumbin Ahmetxhekaj is an editor of current affairs at Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK). He studied Political Science at the University of Prishtina and continued his Master degree studies on Global and Comparative Politics at Queen Mary University of London. Since 2003 he has been... Read More →
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Amalie Bang

Human Rights Activist
Amalie Bang holds an LL.M. from Copenhagen University and a master's degree from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation. She is the producer of a documentary movie about children's rights, and has worked at the Danish Institute for Human Rights... Read More →
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Günter Steinke

Member of the Committee, Whistleblower Netzwerk e.V.
I had worked for about 30 years as architect. When I had finished studying for ten years in a construction company, mainly in Germany, but I had been sent also 9 month to Iraq and three years and three month to Nigeria.After a change to a buerau for controlling for one year I had... Read More →
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Dirk Voorhoof

Legal Human Academy
Dirk Voorhoof is co-founder and member of Legal Human Academy. He holds Master Degrees in Law and in Communication Sciences, and a PhD in Media Law. He reports on developments regarding freedom of expression, media and journalism in Europe, including in Iris, legal newsletter of the European Audiovisual Observatory. He is a member of the Human... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 14:30 - 16:00 CEST
Schiller Hall, Mediacampus Villa Ida Poetenweg 28, Leipzig

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