Freedom of Expression Under Fire in the Arab World

28 okt 2010, 13:30 - 28 okt 2010, 15:30
Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, 1401 Copenhagen K.

Invitation til konference om ytringsfrihed i den arabiske verden // Freedom House, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Danish Pen, International Media Support and FriDebat invite you to the event

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010. 13:30 – 15:30

Location: Main Auditorium

Strandgade 71, 1401 Copenhagen K


The Arab world has witnessed worrisome declines in freedom of expression during the past several years, as has been highlighted in many of Freedom House’s pub¬lications, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press and Freedom on the Net: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media. 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights defines freedom of expression as the right of every individual to hold opinions without interfer¬ence and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.  In practice, this fundamental human right is fre¬quently restricted, through tactics that include censor¬ship, legislation limiting the ability of media outlets to report on events, and harassment of civil society activists, journalists, blog-gers and others who voice their opinions.

The event will bring together prominent activists, journalists, and civil society leaders from Europe and the Middle East and North Africa to engage in a constructive dialogue to assess the status of freedom of expression and to discuss religious expression and tolerance.  The event will also address ways freedom of expression can be promoted in Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. 

The event will feature the following speakers:

Gamal Eid, Director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, human rights lawyer and activist.

Salah al-Din Jourchi, a prominent journalist and activist with the Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights.

Paula Schriefer, Director of Advocacy at Freedom House.

Anders Jerichow, President of Danish Pen.

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The event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

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