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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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Ides Debruyne

Journalismfund.eu vzw
Managing Director
Brussels Area, Belgium
Ides Debruyne is co-founder and Managing Director (since 2001) of Journalismfund.eu, the first independent non-profit organisation established in 1998 with the purpose of stimulating in-depth cross-border journalism in Europe.
Ides is also the co-founders of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists (VVOJ). As a board member of VVOJ he co-organised the 3d Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Amsterdam (2005) and the first European Investigative Journalism Conference in Brussels (2008). Together with the team of Journalismfund.eu, he was the organiser of EIJC & Dataharvest from 2011 until 2018.
In 2018 he co-created the Flemish Journalism Fund to support diversity and innovation in journalism in Flanders. The Fund is a project of Journalismfund.eu, in partnership with the Flemish Association of Journalism and the Flemish government.
Since 2001, Debruyne has traveled and spoken publicly in 23 countries on four continents.
In 2004 he started the post-academic training International Research Journalism at Thomas More university college in Mechelen (Belgium).
With the support of the Flemish Government, he started the Wobbing project in 2007. The main goal was to make journalists, who use the various freedom of information acts, meet and to prepare future networking.
He also is the founder (2002) and chair of the Belgian non-profit organisation Scriptie vzw which promotes science communication and organises The Flemish dissertation award, The Flemish PhD Cup, Science Figured Out  and The Flemish dissertation database.
Debruyne was a board member of PEN Vlaanderen from 2013 until 2017.
Between 2014 and 2018, he was a member of the Assessment Committee (documentary series) of Flanders Audiovisual Fund.
In 2013 Ides Debruyne won - together with his former colleague Brigitte Alfter - the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media (Leipzig).
(Photo © Hadeer Mahmoud)