A free and dynamic media based on freedom of expression is the basic element of any functioning democracy. Media freedom is also an essential issue for the protection of human rights. Many times; instances like torture, discrimination, corruption, or abuse of power were presented to the public through the work of investigative journalists. On the other hand, some worrying developments are observed in some countries in terms of violation of media freedom. Many journalists who are deprived of their liberty due to their work are in prisons. In this online panel we will discuss the link between media, democracy, and human rights; how media serves for a better democracy and the obstacles it faces with.
Prof. Ainars Dimants
Former Chairman of the National Electronic Media Council of Latvia.
Chairman of the Union of Journalists of the Republic of Lithuania.
President of the Public Institution Lithuanian Press Photographers’ Club.
Assistant Professor in Vistula University Warsaw, PhD in Media Sciences.
Estonian journalist; founder and major owner of the Express Group, which owns the Printall printing house in Tallinn, the Delfi internet media portals operating in the Baltic States and Ukraine.
Assistant professor at Institute of Journalism of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, PhD in Social Communication.
Executive Director of CSO Ukranian Media and Communications Institute, PhD in Philology.
Turkish journalist, Deputy Executive Director of Nordic Monitor, Secretary General of the Stockholm Center for Freedom.
We held a webinar with important journalists from different capitals of Europe, on the role of the media for societies which are more democratic and respectful to human rights.