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March 12 @ 12:00 - March 13 @ 13:00

Free European Media Conference 2020

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom is proud to take part in the 2020 edition of Free European Media conference in the Polish city of Gdansk.

Building on the success of last year’s event, the conference welcomes speakers and policy makers from across Europe including EU Commissioner Vera Jourova and the 2015-2016 United Nations Chair Mogens Lykketoft. ECPMF will be represented by Managing Director Lutz Kinkel, Lucie Sýkorová who chairs the Supervisory Board and Mogens Blicher Bjerregård of the Executive Board and European Federation of journalists.

Across two days, delegates will discuss the vital role of press and media freedom in democracy, addressing the issues of journalists’ safety and impunity for those who threaten it, media pluralism and diversity and self-regulation.

The conference is held in the iconic European Solidarity Centre. It commemorates Gdansk as the birthplace of the Solidarnosc movement that led to the fall of communist rule in the 1980s.

Find more information on the Free European Media website. To join the conference please click here.


PROGRAMME – CANCELED due to Corona Virus

Thursday 12 March

12.00 Registration
European Solidarity Center (ECS), Gdansk

13.00 Opening
13.30 Session 1: The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the UND SDG 16
14.15: Session 2: Media pluralism in Europe and the role of European Union
15.30: Coffee Break
16.00 Session 3: Status in Poland, Czech Republic and Serbia
17.00 Session 4: Mapping media freedom in Europe
17.45 Break
18.00 Special guest
19.00 – 22.00 Networking Reception

Friday 13. March

9.00 Good morning. Keynote speaker of the day
9.15 Session 5: Self-regulation in the media in the digital age as a pillar for credibility in media
10.45 Coffee break
11.15: Session 6: National action plans on safety and the issue of impumity
12.30 Session 7: The way forward – setting recommendation of action plan

13.00 End of Free Media Conference 2020

Supporters Free European Media Conference 2020


March 12 @ 12:00
March 13 @ 13:00


European Solidarity Centre
pl. Solidarności 1
Gdansk, P-80–863 Poland
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Past events before 2020 you will find here.