The Challenges of Protecting Press Freedom in a Divided World
A panel discussion

9am, Wednesday February 15, 2017

This is not an FCCT-sponsored event. It is a paid function and responsibility for program content is solely that of the event organizer
The world's oldest press law, the Freedom of the Press Act, adopted in Finland and Sweden in 1766, turned 250 years old in December 2016. It abolished censorship, allowed scrutiny of those in power, and guaranteed access to public documents to all citizens. However, the fundamental rights and freedoms that the Act safeguards have come under threat in many parts of the world. Journalists are operating under a more repressive climate, while access to information is increasingly restricted.

To mark the 250th anniversary of the Act and contribute to the debate on press freedom in ASEAN, the Embassies of Sweden and Finland, with support from UNESCO Bangkok, the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), and the Swedish Institute, will hold a panel discussion on "The Challenges of Protecting Press Freedom in a Divided World" on February 15, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Veteran TV journalist, Dr. Nattha Komolvadhin, will be moderating this discussion. The panelists are:

Olle Wästberg - Former editor of Expressen and former State Secretary under the Swedish Ministry of Finance
Elina Grundström - Chairperson, the Council for Mass Media of Finland
Thepchai Yong - President of the Confederation of Thai journalists
U Thiha Saw - Executive Director, Myanmar Journalism Institute
Nezar Patria - Representative of the Indonesian Press Council

The discussion will kick off after keynote speeches by Swedish Ambassador Staffan Herrström, Finnish Ambassador Satu Suikkari-Kleven, and UNESCO Bangkok Director Gwang-Jo Kim. Members of the public are welcome, but advance registration is highly appreciated.

For the full program and RSVP, please contact Khun Jongjit Atayatamawitaya at (02) 263-7227, or email: Jongjit.Atayatamawitaya@gov.se

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