The Government of Georgia will host the 5th OGP Global Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia, on July 17-19, 2018. The Summit will provide an excellent opportunity for leaders from OGP’s 76 participating countries, local governments, and beyond to exchange ideas on how they are making their governments more transparent, accountable, and responsive to citizens.

Please register for the Global Summit at www.ogpsummit.org and send your questions and/or feedback to summit@opengovpartnership.org.
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Wednesday, July 18 • 14:30 - 15:30
Challenges to Press Freedom: Changing Media Landscape, Shrinking Space

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This session explores the changes affecting the global operating environment of media - with rise of social media news platforms and decline of traditional media as primary news sources, spread of disinformation and fake news, forms of censorship like internet shutdowns and pushback on journalists by vested interests and closed governments.

Touching on the dangers to democracy and the open government movement, the discussion will examine how journalists and media platforms in different countries are tackling these challenges. The speakers will also explore challenges around financial viability of independent media that affect how journalists are able to hold governments to account and be inclusive platforms for dialogue. Designed in a fishbowl format, the session aims to surface policy ideas that could be advanced through OGP to strengthen independent media and press freedom.

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Zuzana Wienk

Director, Fair-Play Alliance

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Susan Coughtrie

Senior Programme Officer for Europe and Central Asia, Article 19
Since joining ARTICLE 19 in February 2012, Susan has worked on a number of issues related to freedom of expression and right to information across the Eurasia region – including media freedom, safety of journalists, countering hate speech against minorities and restrictions to freedom... Read More →
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Harlem Desir

Representative on Freedom of the Media, Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe
Harlem Désir was appointed as the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media on 18 July 2017 for a period of three years. Prior to this position, Désir (France) was French Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International... Read More →
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Mary Fitzgerald

Editor-in-Chief, Open Democracy
Mary Fitzgerald is Editor-in-Chief of openDemocracy, the global non-profit media platform that seeks to challenge power and inspire change. Before joining oD she worked for Avaaz, the global campaigning organisation, and is a former Senior Editor of Prospect Magazine. She is a trustee... Read More →
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Fanny Hidvégi

European Policy Manager, Access Now
Fanny (@infofannny) is Access Now’s European Policy Manager based in Brussels. Previously, Fanny was International Privacy Fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C. where she focused on E.U.-U.S. data transfers. For three years Fanny led the Freedom... Read More →
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Karol Ilagan

Senior Reporter, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
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Stephen King

Partner, Omidyar Network
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Anna Romandash

Researcher, Notre Dame University
Anna Romandash works with Digital Communication Network, 4,000+ community of journalists and media professionals from CEE/CA. She works on projects dealing with media freedom and freedom of expression in the region. Anna has been named Media Freedom Ambassador for Ukraine in 2015... Read More →

Wednesday July 18, 2018 14:30 - 15:30 GMT+04
Funicular: Underwheel 2 Mtatsminda Plateau, Tbilisi 0114, Georgia