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YPFP Brussels: Freedom of Speech event
WHAT: An evening debate with MEP Josef Weidenholzer (AT-S&D); Jean-Paul Marthoz, Vice President of Human Rights Watch Europe and Senior Adviser to the Committee to Protect Journalists; Elisabeth Costa, General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists (tbc); moderated by James Kanter - European Affairs Correspondent for the International Herald Tribune
WHEN: Wednesday 27 February, 19:00-20:30, followed by a drinks and networking reception
WHERE: European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli building (Place Luxembourg Entrance, Room A3G2)
WHO: All members and non members of YPFP Brussels
Please note: You must bring a valid photo ID and have received a confirmation email to gain entrance.
This event is now full! Thank you for your active registration.
In 1789 The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen first affirmed that “the free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man”. In the 21st century freedom of speech and the press have pushed new boundaries through the use of ground-breaking media. The advent of the internet has seen a revolutionary tool both for free speech and for censorship. Freedom of speech has also experienced a rebirth as a foreign policy tool. From the Arab Spring to the Pussy Riot protest the use of social media has amplified grassroots activist movements into continental tremors. Emerging societies are also beginning to grapple with this conflict for the first time.
However, although these principles have been catalysts for world events they have also come under increasing state scrutiny. Mechanisms of state control and commercial pressures remain serious problems. Freedom of the press, censorship and even violence against journalists remain fundamental challenges in the Digital Age. Are we experiencing a new challenge to basic rights of expression at home and abroad? What impact does this have on relations between states and individuals as well as diplomatic relations? What is the role of the generation of digital citizens and future leaders to confront these threats?
This event will bring together a panel of high level experts on freedom of expression to address these issues and meet challenges to these fundamental principles of international and domestic freedom.
The event will be live tweeted by YPFP Brussels.
The evening debate will end with a cocktail reception.
European Parliament, 60 Rue Wiertz, Altiero Spinelli building
This event is now full, please note we will send out confirmation emails soon.
NOTE: Participants need to register and bring ID. When registering they need to provide: full name, address, date of birth, passport/ ID-number and affiliations in line with European Parliament security procedures.