Safety of Journalists: an imperative for free media
Conference co-organised by Ukrainian MFA, OSCE, Council of Europe, UNESCO, Institute for Mass Information.
The general secretary of the EFJ Ricardo Gutiérrez will attend the meeting. He will present the outcomes of the Council of Europe Platform for the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists.
09.30-10.15 Opening remarks (Moderator: Mariana Betsa)
10.15-11.15 High-level discussion (Moderator: Oksana Romaniuk)
Participants will discuss situation on safety of journalists in Ukraine with focus on developments since end-2013. What was the progress in investigating cases of violence towards journalists? What were the obstacles? What can be done to improve the situation?
11.15 – 11.45 Coffee break
(Press conference during break)
11:45 – 13.00 Gaps in current legislation and measures to address that.
During the panel representatives of the MIA, Prosecutor’s Office and responsible parliamentary committees will discuss proposed amendments to the Criminal Code developed by media NGOs.
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 -15.15 Administration of Justice
During the panel, law practitioners and representatives of the judiciary will discuss the judicial measures in cases of violence against journalists, as well as the need for changes to increase the effectiveness of the court system in the protection of media freedom. Also to be considered will be safety of journalists when covering court hearings.
15.15 – 16.00 Wrap-Up discussion (moderated by UNESCO)