Conference: Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists: From a Chilling to an Enabling Environment

5 September 2018
IViR Room, 5th floor, REC A
Amsterdam Law School

This conference will be the closing event of the project, Audit of freedom of expression in the Netherlands. The project and conference centrally concern the need to ensure the effective implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)4 of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers to member States on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and other media actors, with a particular focus on the Netherlands. A main aim of the project and conference is to stimulate, inform and guide further reflection and public debate about the need to strengthen the existing law and policy framework for freedom of expression on European and national levels.

The conference will examine the prevalence throughout Europe of measures and actions that threaten the freedom and safety of journalists and others who wish to contribute to public debate, resulting in a grave chilling effect on freedom of expression. Safety-related issues will feature centrally in this examination: killings, attacks, threats, harassment, intimidation and other crimes against journalists. The conference will also explore possible lines of action – by a range of actors – aimed at moving towards an enabling environment for freedom of expression and public debate.

For additional information about the conference and the four panels, please see the ‘Explanatory note’.

Registration is free-of-charge, but it is required (due to limited space and also for the purposes of catering). If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail to by Friday, 31 August.
Please put ‘Conference registration‘ in the subject line and indicate your name and affiliation in the body of the e-mail.

Draft Conference Programme
09.15-09.30 Welcome
Tarlach McGonagle (IViR)
09.30-11.00 Panel I: Enhancing the implementation of international and European standards of protection
Speakers: Onur Andreotti (Jurisconsult Directorate, European Court of Human Rights), Urška Umek (Information Society Department, Council of Europe), Ricardo Gutiérrez (European Federation of Journalists, on behalf of the Platform to promote the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists) and Başak Çalı (Hertie School of Governance; European Implementation Network).
11.00-11.30 Tea & coffee
11.30-13.00 Panel II: Key issues and challenges
Speakers: Gijs van Til (IViR), Jennifer Adams (Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media), Jonathan McCully (Digital Freedom Fund), Albana Shala (UNESCO International Programme for the Development of Communication Council and Free Press Unlimited, William Horsley (Association of European Journalists)
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Panel III: The Netherlands – an audit and recommendations
Presentation of recommendations and discussion: Tarlach McGonagle (IViR), Leon Trapman (IViR), Thomas Bruning (Dutch Association of Journalists), Otto Volgenant (Boekx Advocaten) and Suzanne Poppelaars (Radboud University, Nijmegen).
15.30-16.00 Tea & coffee
16.00-17.30 Panel IV: New strategies and new alliances
Speakers: Silvia Chocarro (IFEX), Ricardo Gutiérrez (European Federation of Journalists), Jackie Harrison (Centre for Freedom of the Media, University of Sheffield), Leon Willems (Free Press Unlimited), Barbara Trionfi (International Press Institute)
17.30-17.45 Closing remarks

Conference manager: Eugénie Coche (IViR)
Conference Twitter hashtag: #IViRJournoConf

This conference has received funding from the Democracy and Media Foundation