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    Round Table "Freedom of Expression and Internet"

    The Press Council BiH in cooperation with Council of Europe

    Organizes an Inter-professional seminar for representatives of the judiciary and the media,

    within the joint JUFREX project of the Council of Europe and the European Commission on

    FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND INTERNET

    FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND PRIVACY PROTECTION

    October 25th and 26th, 2018

    Sarajevo, Hotel Europa 09.30h - 16.30h

    Press releases will be held at 11.00

    Participants:

    50 eminent representatives of the judiciary, media and police agencies from all over BiH.

    Guests lecturers from Belgium and Denmark:

    Prof. Dr. Dirk Voorhoof, from the Ghent University in Belgium

    Prof. Dr. Inger Hoedt-Rasmussen, Consultant at the "Legal Human Academy" from Denmark

    The Press Council, self-regulatory body for print and online media in BiH, organizes a seminar on "Freedom of Speech and the Internet" and "Freedom of Speech and Privacy Protection", within the Joint Project of the Council of Europe and the European Union, JUFREX - Strengthening the Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Speech in the SEE, October 25th and 26th 2018. in Sarajevo, Hotel Europa.

    This is the fourth seminar organized by the Press Council in 2018 under the Council of Europe and the European Commission JUFREX Program. 

    Participation in the seminar was confirmed by 50 representatives of the judiciary from all over BiH (Prosecutor's Office, Courts, HJPC), police agencies and media.

    The aim of the seminar is to strengthen judicial expertise and understanding of freedom of expression on the Internet in accordance with Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as to strengthen media ethical and responsible reporting and to empower journalists to follow the ethical standards of the profession.

    European and domestic legal and media experts will elaborate the protection of freedom of speech and privacy on the Internet in the light of new European laws.

    The discussion will focus on:

    The issues of freedom of speech in BiH, if it's applied in accordance with democratic principles, and if it's being misused

    Is BiH society is mature enough for the openness of the internet and how to raise citizens' awareness of the proper exercise of freedom of speech and opinion without spreading hatred rhetoric and hate speech?

    How big is the discrepancy between the Law on the Protection of Personal Data and the Law on Free Access to Information, as well as how does the ever more stringent measures for the protection of personal data reflect on investigative journalism and public reporting?

    At the beginning of the seminar, the "Lexicon of Judicial and Media Terms in BiH" will be introduced – a special JUFREX edition of the lexicon for journalists and representatives of the judiciary.

    The Lecturers and Panelists, International and Local Media and Judicial Experts:

    Prof. dr. Dirk Voorhoof, from the Ghent University in Belgium and Consultant for the "Legal Human Academy";

    Prof. dr. Inger Hoedt-Rasmussen, Consultant for the "Legal Human Academy" from Denmark;

    Lejla Bičakčić, Director of the Center for Investigative Reporting - CIN;

    Milan Šekara, Editor in chief of portal nezavisne.com;

    Asja Rokša Zubčević, Head of Audiovisual Services and International Cooperation in Broadcasting - CAC BiH;

    Dario Novalić, Editor in chief of the magazine "Start" and portal start.info, President of the Steering Board of the Press Council in BiH.

    The introductory speakers at the seminar will be: Ljiljana Zurovac, Director of the Press Council in BiH and Vanja Ibrahimbegović, Program Manager for JUFREX in BiH.

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