UNESCO World Press Freedom Day was founded on the 3rd May 30 years ago in Africa with the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration for the Development of a Free, Independent and Pluralistic Press. In 2019, Ethiopia was the host of World Press Freedom Day in acknowledgement of the government’s commitment to media freedom.
Two years later Ethiopia has seen a pandemic of fake news, disinformation, election fever and insurrection.
The International Observatory of Human Rights in collaboration with The Ethiopian Embassy in London, EILCO and Ethiopian Digest is hosting a webinar that seeks to examine:
• Can Ethiopia build up enough immunity to ensure its foundations for media freedom are underpinned by strong institutions?
• Will journalists, media and internet platforms commit to professional ethics to build trust and transparency to inoculate against fake news?
• What is the role of the international community in supporting the recovery of media freedom to deliver information as a common good?
• Kanbar Hossein-Bor - UK Coordinator of the Media Freedom Campaign UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.
• Jeremy Dear, Under-Secretary-General for the International Federation of Journalists.
• Yonatan Tesfaye – Deputy Director General of Ethiopian Media Authority
• Fasika Tadesse - Ex-Editor-in-Chief, Addis Fortune
• Mihret Aschalew - Project Manager- PRIMED, BBC Media Action
Closing Remarks by His Excellency Mr Teferi Melesse Desta, Ethiopian Ambassador to the UK