Thriving media for resilient democracies

29 March 2023  09:00 - 12:00

Virtual Event | Organised by Free Press Unlimited | Held in (CET) World Forum, The Hague, The Netherlands / hybrid in
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Starting the summit on the morning of the 29th of March Free Press Unlimited will organize a multi-stakeholder session showcasing hopeful initiatives from across the globe of diverse actors working on strengthening independent media’s resilience. Also we intend to speak about the financial viability of media that affects their ability to provide the public interest journalism that is vital for democracies to function.


Nisha Pillai, former BBC news presenter
Ruth Kronenburg, Executive Director of Free Press Unlimited, will start with a short statement why media freedom is vital for any democracy.
Enrique Gasteazoro who is the Director of Communications and Engagement at Access Now. As the former CEO of CONFIDENCIAL, a leading Nicaraguan public interest media outlet, he can speak from ample experience about the resilient online civic space that journalism can built amid a process of rapid erosion of democracy.

Eddy Prastyo who is Head of New Media at the Voice of Surabaya. This radiostation has become known as a ‘social institute’ and because of their unique format of addressing issues, they have become popular both for the residents of Surabaya as well as with the local government. Eddy will speak about their format and how that supports the city Surabaya.

Mira Milosevic, who is Executive Director at the Global Forum for Media Development and has in that role been a vocal advocate for media development as a development priority for States. She will be able to tell us how aware States are of the need to support the resilience of independent media and what challenges are still to be tackled in this process.

Lizzy Bans Nobre, the deputy director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who represents the Netherlands in the Media Freedom Coalition. The governments of Canada and The Netherlands co-chair the Media Freedom Coalition (MFC), established in 2019 as a partnership of countries working together proactively to advocate for media freedom at home and abroad. The MFC has a Working Group on Media Development where issues of financial viability are discussed. What has this work entailed and what is the view of the Netherlands on how independent media can be supported by States so they are able to sustain their crucial public interest journalism?

Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), who initiated the International Initiative on Information and Democracy that aims at bringing democratic guarantees to the global communication and information space. One of the reports launched as part of this initiative is “a New Deal for Journalism” calling for a major commitment on a national and international scale to foster public-interest journalism. How can democracies restore, de jure and de facto, the social function of journalism?

Mira Chowdhury, Latin America Programme Lead at Free Press Unlimited. She is co-lead of a project called VIMES: Viable Media for Empowered Societies. The VIMES project works with media outlets in Central America and Eastern Europe that are facing increased political, economic and safety issues in their countries due to their ground-breaking reporting and pro-democracy stance. By building a cross-border collaboration network of journalists their business model, resilience and viability are improved, which strengthens their position in society.