The High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom marks World Press Freedom Day 2022
Top row L-R: Lord David Neuberger, Can Yeginsu, Catherine Amirfar, Amal Clooney, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Hina Jilani, Dario Milo
Middle row L-R: Baroness Françoise Tulkens, Catherine Anite
Bottom row L-R: The Honourable Irwin Cotler, PC, OC, OQ, Karuna Nundy, Nadim Houry, Justice Manuel José Cepeda Espinosa, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, Marietje Schaake, Professor Seong-Phil Hong
On World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2022, the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom participated in a number of activities to highlight the grave challenges facing the press globally and to showcase its recommendations to the Media Freedom Coalition. The High Level Panel stands in solidarity with the independent press, including the journalists risking their lives to bring facts and the truth to the public forum.
WATCH: The High Level Panel on World Press Freedom Day 2022. This is a short film released by the High Level Panel on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day. Watch the film here.
READ: ‘The Beginning of the End for Criminal Defamation in the Americas? The El Universo Case’, a thought piece authored by High Level Panel members Justice Manuel José Cepeda Espinosa and Dario Milo, published in Just Security on World Press Freedom Day. The article analyses the decision of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the El Universo case. This is a recent landmark judgment from the Inter-American Court regarding criminal defamation. The High Level Panel was invited by the Court to intervene in the case and was represented before it by Mr Milo and Can Yeginsu, barrister and Deputy Chair of the High Level Panel. Read the article in English, and in Spanish.
At the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day Conference in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on 3 May, the High Level Panel hosted ‘SILENCED – Democracy, Journalism and Censorship in the Digital Age: An Interactive Dialogue with the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom’. The event was moderated by Pedro Vaca Villarreal, the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Member of the High Level Panel, and former President of the International Criminal Court, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji delivered the opening remarks. Deputy Chair of the High Level Panel Catherine Amirfar and High Level Panel members Mr Milo and Marietje Schaake also spoke at the session alongside Rodica Ciochina, Director of the Media and Internet Governance Unit at the Council of Europe.
Other participation by High Level Panel members at the Conference included:
- Panel Deputy Chair Mr Yeginsu speaking at the Panel hosted by the Media Freedom Coalition and the Freedom Online Coalition, ‘Digital Authoritarianism and technology-facilitated threats to journalists and human rights defenders’, alongside Wopke Hoekstra, Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Jeffrey Marder from Global Affairs Canada, Irene Khan, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Quinn McKew, Executive Director of Article 19, and Veronica Ferrari from the Association for Progressive Communication. The session was moderated by Lea Kaspar, Executive Director of Global Partners Digital.
- Panel Deputy Chair Ms Amirfar also addressed the conference during a panel hosted by Reporters without Borders, ‘Surveillance out of control: How to put an end to the Pegasus Crisis’.
The recordings of these sessions will be available to view online once the conference has concluded on 5 May.
Notes to the Editor
- The High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom is the independent advisory body of the Media Freedom Coalition. The High Level Panel’s remit is to provide legal advice and recommendations to the Coalition and its partners, including international organisations, for the purposes of promoting and protecting a vibrant, free, and independent media. The High Level Panel’s Secretariat is the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), providing it with operational, technical, and legal assistance. The work of the High Level Panel is supported by the Global Media Defence Fund, administered by UNESCO. The Chair of the High Level Panel is Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury and its Deputy Chairs are Can Yeginsu and Catherine Amirfar.
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