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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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Friday, October 9 • 11:50 - 13:15
Europäische Journalisten unter Druck: Was tun? / Journalists under threat across Europe: how to fight back?

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In Russland, Italien, Ungarn, der Türkei oder Weißrussland werden Journalisten schnell zur Zielscheibe für einflussreiche Politiker, Geschäftsleute, Geheimdienste oder das organisierte Verbrechen. Wie kann die internationale Pressefreiheits-Gemeinschaft mit diesen bedrohten und unterdrückten Kollegen besser zusammenarbeiten und internationale Solidarität zeigen? Welche Strukturen sind dafür notwendig?


In Russia, Italy, Hungary, Turkey, Belarus … Critical journalists and colleagues working in oppressive environments can quickly become targets of powerful politicians, business people, secret services or of organized crime. How can the press freedom community co-operate more closely and create stronger international solidarity? What kind of structures do we need for response? 

Moderator
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Kerstin Mey

Professor, Dean of Media, Art and Design, University of Westminster
Kerstin Mey has held academic positions in universities in Germany and the UK before joining the University of Westminster, where she holds the positions of Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design and Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory... Read More →

Speaker
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Gabriele Bertolli

Team leader, media freedom and pluralism, European Commission
Gabriele coordinates the European Commission's team dealing with  media freedom and pluralism in the EU. Prior to joining the  Commission, he worked as consultant in EU affairs and as a freelance  journalist. He has a background in media & communication (University of Bologna... Read More →
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Laura Garavini

Member of Parliament, Italy, Antimafia Commission
Laura Garavini describes herself as an Italian European. She is an Italian MP, representing the Partito Democratico. She is a leading member of the Parliament’s Anti-Mafia Commission, which exists to combat the influence of mafia and commorra gangs of organised crime. In 2015 around... Read More →
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Esad Hećimović

Editor, OBN TV
Esad Hećimović is a Bosnian investigative journalist. He is the editor of OBN TV based in Sarajevo. He won awards for his contribution to investigative journalism from SEEMO and the Central European Initiative in 2009. Hećimović was awarded as The Journalist of the Year in... Read More →
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Helga Montag

Founder and Board Member, Journalisten Helfen Journalisten
Dr. Helga Montag was one of the founders of the "Journalists help Journalists e. V." charity in 1993, and today she is still a Member of the Board of JhJ. She studied communications, political science and English literature, and promoted the initiatives to set up commercial radio... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 11:50 - 13:15 CEST
Schiller Hall, Mediacampus Villa Ida Poetenweg 28, Leipzig

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