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Media viability in crisis

Consultation on media viability in crisis that will feed into the Media Freedom Cohort of the Summit for Democracy
Organisers: GFMD, UNESCO, Free Press Unlimited, and DW Akademie
When: March 29th from 13:30 – 18:00 CET
Where: "Amazon" room, World Forum, The Hague, The Netherlands & online
What: GFMD and its partners are hosting two sessions that will bring together recommendations on how to sustain viable, independent media and journalism to inform the contribution of the Media Freedom Cohort at the Second Summit for Democracy. GFMD is the civil society co-lead of the Cohorts Working Group 3, which is focusing on "Bolstering Independent and Diverse Media".

Agenda

Coffee and registration (13:30 - 14:00)

Opening remarks from event organisers (14:00 - 14:15)

  • Mira Milosevic, Director, GFMD
  • Saorla McCabe, Deputy Secretary of the International Programme for the Development of Communication at UNESCO
  • Ruth Kronenberg, Director, Free Press Unlimited
  • Dr. Laura Moore, Head of Research and Evaluation, DW Akademie

SESSION 1: Tunisia, Lebanon and Namibia (14:15 - 16:00)

This first session draws on discussions from the national consultations in Namibia, Tunisia, and Lebanon. Local partners from all three countries will be present at the Summit, providing an opportunity to present the recommendations from the consultations to international policymakers, donors, and other actors across the media development landscape.
Moderator: Saorla McCabe, Deputy Secretary of the International Programme for the Development of Communication at UNESCO
Rapporteur: Dr. Maha Taki, Senior Media Adviser, BBC Media Action

Presentations: (14:15 - 14:50)

Lebanon (15 mins)

Tunisia (15 mins)

Namibia (7 mins)

COUNTRY REPORTS: National consultations on media viability

The following draft reports include national policy recommendations based on a series of consultations in Namibia, Tunisia, and Lebanon convened by GFMD UNESCO-IPDC and local partners (January-February 2023).
These draft versions are still open to comments.

Roundtable discussion: (15:00 - 15:50)

International media assistance organisations, donors and policymakers will be invited to respond to the presentation and reflect on how well their existing programmes meet the needs and priorities raised in the three presentations.
National and regional actors will be invited to A) give further examples of how media viability can be best supported in their country/region and B) respond to the contributions from international media assistance organisations and donors and give feedback on how responsive international media assistance is to the priorities and approaches identified by national actors.
All participants will be asked to put forward solutions to the issues raised in the presentations and roundtable discussion.

Concluding remarks 15:50-16:00

Rapporteur: Dr. Maha Taki, Senior Media Adviser, BBC Media Action

COFFEE BREAK (16:00 - 16:20)

SESSION 2: Support for media in crisis (16:20 - 18:20)

A session on media assistance efforts in situations of crisis.
Moderator: Tom Law, Deputy Director, GFMD
Rapporteur: Dr. Laura Moore, Head of Research and Evaluation, DW Akademie

Presentations: (16:20-17:00)

Perspectives on media viability in Ukraine (16:20-16:40)

Perspectives from other countries (16:40-17:10)

  • Ahmad Quraishi, Executive Director, Afghanistan Journalists Center
  • Dragana Zarkovic-Obradovic, Director, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)
  • Isabela Ponce Ycaza, Cofundadora y directora editorial en GK, Ecuador
  • Fatemah Farag, Senior Consultant for Patnerships / Board Member, WAN IFRA
  • Giorgi Jangiani, Researcher, Media and Journalism Research Center (MJRC)
  • Gordana Miladinovic, Member Center Coordinator, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)
  • Laxman Datt Pant, Chairperson, Media Action Nepal
  • Leo Munyao Mutisya, Manager, Stakeholder engagement and Professional ethics, Kenya Media Council

Roundtable discussion 17:10-18:10

All participants will be asked to put forward solutions to the issues raised in the presentations and roundtable discussion.
National and regional actors will be invited to A) give further examples of how media viability can be best supported in their country/region and B) respond to the contributions from international media assistance organisations and donors and give feedback on how responsive international media assistance is to the priorities and approaches identified by national actors.
International media assistance organisations, donors and policymakers will be invited to respond to the presentation and reflect on how well their existing programmes meet the needs and priorities raised in the three presentations.

Concluding remarks 18:10-18:20

Rapporteur: Dr. Laura Moore, Head of Research and Evaluation, DW Akademie
  • Saorla McCabe, Deputy Secretary of the International Programme for the Development of Communication at UNESCO
  • Mira Milosevic, Director, GFMD