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Wednesday, September 6 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Media Freedom as a Catalyst of Open Government, Dialogue, and Accountability

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Free and independent media is an essential pillar of a democratic society – and truly open government both requires media freedom and can enable it. This high-level session will bring to light the importance of media freedom, access to information, and the safety of journalists to open government, and will demonstrate how open government reforms can help journalists and media organizations perform their essential roles of informing the public, reflecting citizens’ views and concerns, and holding the powerful to account.
Session organizers: Media Freedom Coalition; Government of Estonia - MFA; UNESCO

This room has a limited capacity of 135 people. if you want to secure your seat please join the session early. For safety reasons, capacity cannot be exceeded.

OGP Resources

Open Gov Guide: The 2023 Open Gov Guide – OGP’s go-to resource for detailed reform recommendations and examples of good practice from OGP members – features a chapter on free expression and media. 
Fact sheet: This three-page fact sheet (in English and Spanish) offers a look at global progress and member examples of civic space reforms implemented through OGP action plans.

See the OGP Research Repository for more resources from the OGP Support Unit.

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Catherine Gicheru

Veteran journalist, ICFJ Knight Fellow, Founder/Director, Africa Women Journalism Project
Catherine Gicheru is an award-winning Kenyan journalist who is currently serving as a Knight International Journalism Fellow with the International Center for Journalists and leader of the Code for Kenya team working to bring together data journalists and technologists to produce... Read More →

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Sarah Wesonga

Programme Officer- Transparency and Access to Information, Article 19 Eastern Africa
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Allison Peters

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, State Department, USA
Ms. Peters serves as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State where she oversees the Bureau’s Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs, including its work on technology and human rights, and the... Read More →

Margus Tsahkna

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonia
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Ricardo Avelar

Journalist and Producer, Factum
Journalist, editor and political analyst from El Salvador, currently living in London.After years of transparency, democracy and human rights activism, I was adopted by journalism: I directed the political section of a large newspaper and, since March 2023, I have been a member of... Read More →

Wednesday September 6, 2023 12:00pm - 1:00pm EEST
4 - Fotografiska event hall
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