Journalists’ unions and broadcasters to examine the new challenges of freedom of expression in the Mediterranean

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its three affiliates in France SNJ, SNJ-CGT and CFDT Journalistes, have organized a Mediterranean conference on Freedom of Expression. Supported by the EU-funded MedMedia programme, the event took place in Paris on March 31 – April 1st 2015. Entitled “Stand Up for Free Expression – Raising our Voice against Intolerance and Racism”, the conference addressed the new challenges to freedom of expression, the chilling impact of extremist violence and the role of media in combatting hate speech and racism across the region. It also examined the corollary media crisis, the battle against declining standards and the promotion of high quality journalism. Scheduled as the biannual gathering of Mediterranean journalists’ unions, the event’s key themes are a response to increased violence against journalists and long standing austerity affecting the media on both shores of the Mediterranean. 60 media professionals including journalists’ union leaders, broadcasters and editors, attended the two-days meeting. By facilitating a dialogue between key media actors in the region, it is aimed at building momentum for a regional campaign to promote tolerance, quality journalism and media policy reform.

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