Global Conference for Media Freedom
In cooperation with Estonian Institute of Human Rights

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The Third Global Conference for Media Freedom will be hosted in Tallinn from February 9 to February 10, 2022, by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Estonian Institute of Human Rights.

The conference will provide a long-sought forum for in-person meetings and discussions to strengthen joint efforts in defending media freedom and human rights worldwide. It will be an occasion to connect with journalists and media workers, civil society, academia, international organizations and governments. The hybrid-format will also allow participants to join in virtually, from all over the world.

The conference will combine traditional and innovative media freedom topics focusing on Disinformation and Freedom of Speech, Protection of Journalists and interlinkages between Media Freedom and Internet Freedom.

The freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media – as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – is crucial to enabling the exercise of all other human rights.

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Speakers Speakers

Alar Karis
The President of the Republic of Estonia
Dmitry Muratov
Editor-in-chief of the newspaper
Eva-Maria Liimets
Foreign Minister
Maris Lauri
Minister of Justice
Lee C. Bollinger
president of Columbia University
Columbia University
Guilherme Canela
Chief of the section of Freedom of Expression
Christophe Deloire
Secretary General and Executive Director
Reporters Without Borders
Jodie Ginsberg
Executive Director
Internews Europe
Urmas Paet
Member of the European Parliament
Rebecca Vincent
Director of International Campaigns
Reporters Without Borders
Teresa Ribeiro
Representative on Freedom of the Media
Barbara Trionfi
Executive Director
International Press Institute
Hanna Ljubakova
Belarusian journalist
Ivar Heinmaa
War correspondent and frontline cameraman
Lea Kaspar
Managing Director
Global Partners Digital
Michelle Bachelet
High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations
Neeme Raud
Freelance journalist


Feb 8
8 February, 2022
Feb 9
9 February, 2022
Feb 10
10 February, 2022

High Level Legal Panel meeting

Closed meeting

Terrace hall/Terrassisaal.

Arrival, registration, possibility for bilateral and group meetings


A sustainable and viable future for journalism - designing effective interventions

Organized by Global Forum for Media Development International Media Policy and Advisory Centre (GFMD IMPACT).

Small hall/ Väike saal.

Panel discussion "Ways forward: systemic solutions and other mobilisation"

Organised by Reporters Without Borders and Estonian MFA.

The Cauldron hall/ Katelde saal.

Meeting of the International "Light-Touch" Task Force on Safety of Journalists

Closed meeting.
Organised by UNESCO.

Hall D/D-saal.

Renewing the principles for effective media support - designing effective interventions

Open for in person participation.
Organized by Global Forum for Media Development International Media Policy and Advisory Centre (GFMD IMPACT).

Small Hall/Väike saal.

Second Ministerial Meeting of the Media Freedom Coalition

Closed meeting.

Black Box Hall/ Black Box saal.

Roundtable: "Reset Required? Evaluating the first two years of the Media Freedom Coalition"

This event will present and discuss the findings of an independent academic evaluation of the Media Freedom Coalition (MFC), reviewing its progress since its inception in 2019. Today's media freedom issues will be explored through the lens of the MFC's response to them, with the aim to identify key areas for improvement or development of the MFC to strengthen its work moving forward.

The Cauldron hall/ Katelde saal.

"Scaling up Support to Independent Media", organized by International Fund for Public Interest Media and Information for Democracy Forum

The Cauldron hall/ Katelde saal.

Possibility for media-stakeout, interviews following Ministers' Meeting


Reception for all participants


Ministerial (minister+1) dinner hosted by Eva-Maria Liimets, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

By Invitation Only.

Black Box hall.

Patron of the Conference is ALAR KARIS, the President of Estonia.

The organiser reserves the right to make changes in the program and the presenters.

Arrival, registration, possibility for bilateral and group meetings


Giving Effect to the Global Pledge on Media Freedom: A Dialogue with the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom

On the occasion of the Third Annual Global Media Freedom Conference, the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, the independent advisory body to the Media Freedom Coalition, will be hosting an opening showcase event. The High Level Panel was convened in July 2019 at the request of the MFC's inaugural Co-Chairs, Canada and the United Kingdom, and is composed of leading experts in the field of international law, with the remit to provide legal advice and recommendations to the MFC and its partners, including international organisations, for the purposes of promoting and protecting a vibrant free and independent media.

The Cauldron hall/ Katelde saal.

Showcasing Media Defence Fund, organized by UNESCO

All around the globe, the ability of journalists to report the news and bring verified information to the public is being hampered by a wide range of attacks and violations, including threats, harassment, economic pressures, abusive judicial prosecutions (e.g. SLAPPs), arbitrary detentions, and a lack of access to specialized and gender-sensitive legal assistance. Administered by UNESCO, the Global Media Defence Fund is addressing these issues by supporting not-for-profit organizations in the implementation or upscaling of projects designed to bolster journalists' legal protection and enhance media freedom through investigative journalism or strategic litigation. This hybrid event shall showcase the results and impact of the GMDF around the globe, as well as exchange over the persisting needs identified on the ground vis-à-vis the defense of media freedom and the legal protection of journalists and media.

Small hall/Väike saal.


Closed roundtable on Journalism and Democracy in a rapidly closing civic space, organised by Internews

By Invitation Only.

D hall/D-saal.

Pledging event on taking commitments to defend media freedom, organised by Estonian MFA

Pledge Session (PDF)
Guide to Pre-Recordings (PDF)

The Cauldron hall/ Katelde saal.


“Gendered disinformation, tech and democracy: How rethinking digital infrastructure can advance media freedom and build a more gender just world”

Organized by International Media Support.

The Cauldron hall/ Katelde saal.

Conference registration


High-Level Opening of the Conference: Keynote speeches

Black Box hall/Black Box saal.

Panel 1: Disinformation and the Freedom of Speech

Disinformation is clearly not a new phenomenon. Since ancient times, information has been manipulated to win wars and to advance political ambitions. Never before, however, have there been so many opportunities to create and spread disinformation on such scale and speed as today.
Addressing and countering disinformation, is however not an easy task. It is not always easy to differentiate between disinformation that is spread with the intent to cause harm and misinformation that innocent third parties share. How to ensure that any measures taken to address disinformation are in accordance with international law, including international human rights law? What is the role of media in combating disinformation? What are the possibilities and limits of media in tackling disinformation? What are the best ways to improve societal resilience to disinformation?

Black Box hall/Black Box saal.



Panel 2: Protection of Journalists

Media is often described as the fourth pillar of democracy or as a watchdog to protect public interests. Being a journalist is a dream job for many young people. However, even in democratic states, the profession of journalist can sometimes be dangerous. Journalists are under attack from an array of assailants, ranging from governments looking to suppress their investigations to private citizens seeking to quiet voices projecting news and opinions that they do not agree with. The COVID-19 pandemic has added a new layer to this, with governments being increasingly aggressive and less transparent to journalists looking for hard data on their responses.
The digital age has increased the opportunities for the dissemination of information and ideas. However, the digital means have also enabled new forms of harassment and discrimination to emerge. How can the media space be changed to ensure that journalists feel safe and empowered to do their invaluable work? How to address the emerging threats related to online spaces? How to ensure accountability?

Black Box hall/Black Box Saal.

Leg stretching pause/coffee break


Panel 3: Interlinkages between Media Freedom And Internet Freedom

With the innovations such as social media, cloud computing, big data, and smartphones, some aspects of the media industry are unrecognizable compared to media at the turn of the millennium. Non-discriminatory access to and accessibility of the Internet have fundamental importance for exercising the freedom to seek, receive and impart information. Furthermore, oftentimes, internet freedom is a prerequisite for media freedom as internet shutdowns are preventing dissemination of information.
What can different stakeholders - governments, private sector and civil society - do, to promote and protect the free flow of information online? How can we improve the coordination and cooperation between different stakeholders? What are the rights and responsibilities of internet platforms?

Black Box hall/Black Box saal.


Closing Reception


Patron of the Conference is ALAR KARIS, the President of Estonia.

The organiser reserves the right to make changes in the program and the presenters.

Photos: Kaupo Kikkas & Kaupo Kalda