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Growing Threats to Media Freedom: Democracy under Assault
15 September 2020 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Across the globe, courageous journalists are standing up to autocrats and dictators who undermine, intimidate, threaten and even imprison media workers who seek to hold them to account.
Democratic governments, meanwhile, are grappling with how to respond to the growing number of leaders who trample the human rights of journalists to silence them. Some legal experts have recommended that sanctions should be imposed on the worst abusers.
One of those threatened journalists is Maria Ressa, whose Rappler online publication has drawn the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte. She is now battling legal charges which press freedom advocates have condemned as a trumped-up effort to silence her and her publication.
Ms. Ressa will provide a keynote address for World Press Freedom Canada’s virtual session on “Growing Threats to Media Freedom. Democracy under Assault.”
Following Ms. Ressa’s address, WPFC’s vice-president Heather Bakken will moderate a panel of experts on how democratic governments should respond to the growing threat against a free press. Ms. Ressa will be joined by Irwin Cotler, former Canadian justice minister and chair of Montreal’s Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, and Rachel Pulfer, executive director of Journalists for Human Rights.
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