2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development

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Tuesday, September 20

14:00 PDT

A2I Champ: Right to Know Campaign (South Africa)

The Right2Know campaign was born out of the need to challenge the Protection of Information Bill which was introduced in the South African parliament in 2010. The ‘Secrecy Bill’ as it was popularly known served to considerably extend the powers of the government, restrict freedom of information, and impose harsh penalties on activists, journalists, whistleblowers or anyone who attempted to release such information into the public domain. Asking the question ‘Who will guard the guardians?” the campaign gained the momentum of a national movement mobilising 3500 people in Cape Town and a similar number in Durban and Johannesburg. Celebrating nearly half a decade of the fight for freedom of expression and transparency the campaign highlights how vigilant civil society organisation can foster civic participation through effective community engagement.


Karabo Rajuili

Advocacy Coordinator, amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism
Karabo Rajuili, South Africa, serves on the media freedom and access to information focus groups of the Right2Know campaign, a public advocacy campaign for information rights and media freedom in South Africa. Right2Know has been at the forefront of the challenge against the proposed... Read More →

Tuesday September 20, 2016 14:00 - 14:30 PDT

14:00 PDT

Safeguarding journalists in high risk zones: The International Declaration on the Protection of Journalists

The International Press Institute (IPI), in cooperation with the Al Jazeera Media Network, the International News Safety Institute (INSI) and the Africa Media Initiative (AMI), worked together to draft the International Declaration on the Protection of Journalists, which summarises international principles related to the protection of journalists operating in dangerous environments, emphasising the responsibilities of states to guarantee journalist safety and combat impunity, and highlights steps and remedies that media organisations and journalists should consider in order to strive for greater safety. The Declaration was a result of global efforts to promote a culture of safety within the media industry both by raising awareness among journalists about international standards in this area as well as by encouraging best practices in the newsroom for protecting journalists and media staff on dangerous assignments or working in hostile environments.

Rapporteur for the session: Evelien Wijkstra, Policy and Advocacy Officer, Free Press Unlimited.

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Hassan Elmogummer

Head of the Partnerships and Research, Aljazeera Center Public Liberties and Human Rights
Dr. Hassan Saeed Elmogummer Taha studied at the Faculty of Law at the University of Khartoum and obtained an MA from the International University of Africa, and a PhD from the University of Juba. He co-founded the Public Liberties and Human Rights Section at Aljazeera Media Network... Read More →

Tuesday September 20, 2016 14:00 - 14:30 PDT

14:30 PDT

A2I Champ: J. Fresly (National Information Commission, Indonesia)
Indonesia’s Central Information Commission (KIP) and President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo urged all public institutions, public sector companies, including local administrations to provide more public access to their information. In order to encourage more public institutions to provide access to information KIP instituted a system of recognition and reward for those institutions and companies who showed outstanding achievement in this regard. Aimed at fostering a culture of mutual trust between the government and its citizenry it sought to promote a more active citizenship by increasing governmental transparency and accountability. The purpose was not just to make government activities more transparent and accountable but also to promote a system of government that is more responsive to the needs of its citizens by enabling an active dialogue between them.

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John Fresly

Chairman, National Information Commission
John Fresly, Indonesia, is the Chairman of the National Information Commission in Indonesia. He is also a Researcher at the Institute of Legal Studies and Technology, Indonesia. He completed his LL.M in International Law at the Niigata University in Japan and now a Phd candidate at... Read More →

Tuesday September 20, 2016 14:30 - 15:00 PDT

14:30 PDT

Coding empowers people: Code for Africa

Open data and Open Government help to empower citizens by increasing government transparency and thereby accountability. However, much of the empowering potential of this civic technology gets lost in translation as activist/ lobbyist led initiatives to enhance good governance and improve government service delivery to citizens. They cease to be participatory and do not seek to develop citizen’s capabilities to be actively engaged in unleashing this immense potential. Code for Africa adopts a capabilities approach led by grassroots citizen organisations and mass media. Their objectives and priorities include making data digitally available and fostering the development of skills and toolkits to enable the ordinary citizen to take advantage of open data. They do this by brining together pioneers who are already supporting data training ranging from institutional partners like the World Bank, industry associations like the International Centre for Journalists, corporate partners like Google and grassroots user-groups such as Hacks/ Hackers. They also sponsor individual change agents through their Data Fellowship and support citizen-driven toolkits and services that demonstrate pragmatic potential.

Rapporteur for the session: Laurent Giacobino, Project Director, Internews.

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Justin Arenstein

Director, Code for Africa

Tuesday September 20, 2016 14:30 - 15:00 PDT

15:00 PDT

Latest in Fundraising: Press Start
Press Start is the first crowdfunding platform designed specifically to support independent journalism in developing and transitional countries. Investigative journalism is often stymied due to funding constraints. Press Start attempts to make sure that there are no voices that are silenced due to want of funds. Launched with a grant from Google’s Digital News Initiative and Innovation Fund they have initiated their first crowdfunding campaign for group of outstanding and award-winning journalists from Armenia, Congo, Honduras, Lebanon and Macedonia. They are also on the lookout for highly talented journalists, in any language, who might benefit from Press Start.

Rapporteur for the session: Natalia Merchan, Fundraising and Donor Relations Officer, Free Press Unlimited.

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Jeremy Druker

Conference Co-Chair, Executive Director, Transitions
Jeremy is the executive director and editor in chief of Transitions, which has made solutions journalism a central part of its editorial strategy. He has led solutions journalism workshops throughout Central and Eastern Europe. He is also founder/CEO of Press Start, a crowdfunding platform that supports journalists in countries where the press cannot report freely. Jeremy is a member of the supervisory board of the Czech Journalism Prizes and has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2010... Read More →

Tuesday September 20, 2016 15:00 - 15:30 PDT
Wednesday, September 21

09:00 PDT

Builing better cities: Qlue

Qlue is a crime reporting application developed by Smart City Jakarta which works under the aegis of the Department of Communication, Informatics, and Public Relations of the Jakarta Capital City Government. The purpose is to develop Jakarta into a smarter city by improving accountability, good governance, and public service delivery. Qlue is citizen services app that allows citizens to monitor and report public services. Over time Qlue has grown more than just a complaint mechanism. It has become the platform through which citizens can access real-time information on traffic and transportation, healthcare, safety, education, and entertainment. It is also being used as platform that can offer directions to the nearest police station, hospital, or sightseeing spot. Qlue offers an illustrative example of how user practices can amplify the opportunities offered by technological initiatives.

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Head of Jakarta Smart City, Department of Communication, Information & Public Relation
Setiaji, Indonesia, is the Head of Jakarta Smart City Management Unit of the Communications, Information and Public Relations Division of the Jakarta Capital City Government. His unit has the responsibility to provide updated information about Jakarta and the management of information... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 09:00 - 09:30 PDT

09:00 PDT

Women at the helm

This session highlights the important role women play in media and journalism. The three speakers bring forth their diverse and extensive experiences in training women journalists, heading top media houses, and scaling newer heights. Since each of the speakers come from geographically diverse places they bring forth their unique perspectives of how gender dynamics play out in the regions they have lived and worked. They will speak about the future of women in media and journalism by highlighting the successes of women in this field as well the challenges and constraints women in this profession continue to face.

Rapporteur for the session: Dessi Damianova, Program Manager South and Southeast Asia, Free Press Unlimited.

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Laurent Allary

Advisor to the General Manager, CFI
Laurent Allary is an advisor to the General Manager at CFI, the French media cooperation agency. In his position, he has contributed to restructuring the company around the official development assistance mandate of the French government. CFI works around 4 major fields of activity... Read More →

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Hermien Kleden

Chief Editor, Tempo English Weekly
Hermien Kleden, Indonesia, is the Chief Editor of Tempo English Weekly. She is also a senior journalist with the Tempo Media Group and a member of the Tempo Newsroom Executive Board. She has over 28 years of experience in journalism and is the recipient of SK Trimurti Award, 2009... Read More →
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Rana Sabbagh

Founder | Executive Director | Journalist, ARIJ
Rana Sabbagh is executive director at Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) – the region’s leading media support network spreading the culture of “accountability journalism” in nine Arab states since 2005.She has dedicated the last 33 years of her career as journalist, columnist and media trainer to promote free speech, independent media, “accountability journalism” and human rights.As former chief editor of the Jordan Times (1999-Jan 2002), she became the first Arab female in t... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 09:00 - 10:30 PDT
Lecture Hall

09:30 PDT

Educating tomorrow's journalists during political transitions: Myanmar Journalism Institute
The Myanmar Journalism Institute was officially registered in Yangon, Myanmar, in 2014. It aims at becoming the leading independent national media development institute providing high quality services and training according to international standards of journalism ethics, neutrality, pluralism, and methodology of investigation. It is the first private and independent journalism school offering a one-year training program to working journalists and entry-level students. In its programs, the Institute is addressing the needs defined by Myanmar's media stakeholders, as the media industry continues to evolve following the liberalisation of the media sector with the democratic transition. It was launched with the assistance of a four European countries in partnership with the Burmese media group “Forever”. The courses of the MJI are open to all media groups and is based upon consultation and participation of all local stakeholders including the Ministry of Information, journalists’ associations, press groups and organisations, universities and NGOs.

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Sein Win

Training Director, Myanmar Journalism Institute
Sein Win (a) Thaw Zin Tun, Myanmar, is the Training Director for the Myanmar Journalism Institute (MJI). The Institute is the country's first private journalism school aimed at training students from all over the country to become professional journalists and providing professional... Read More →
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Athens Zaw Zaw

Correspondent, Agence France-Presse
Athens Zaw Zaw, Myanmar, is a correspondent for the Agence France-Presse (AFP). Prior to joining AFP he has worked as an online editor for Eleven Media Group, one of the biggest media groups in Myanmar. He has also worked as a journalist for the Swe Sone Media Group and the Wati Media... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 09:30 - 10:30 PDT

11:30 PDT

Media and democratization

This session will shed light on specific examples of things going well and things going wrong in the relationship between media and political institutions in transition or post-transition countries: it will involve examples of growth of the media sector playing a very positive role in democratization and examples of growth of the media sector playing a negative role because of ownership, oligarchs, and propaganda outlets.

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Jeanne Bourgault

President/ CEO, Internews Network
Jeanne Bourgault, USA, is the President and CEO of Internews. She leads the strategic management of the organization and its programs around the world. She joined Internews in 2001 as Vice President for Programs and has also served as Internews’ Chief Operating Officer. She has... Read More →

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Jennifer Dunham

Research Director, Freedom of the Press, Freedom House
Jennifer Dunham, USA, is the director of research for ‘Freedom of the Press’ and ‘Freedom in the World’ at Freedom House, and oversees the research and methodological review process for both publications. She regularly briefs government officials, donors, and the media on... Read More →
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Remzi Lani

Remzi Lani is the Executive Director of the Albanian Media Institute. He has a long carrier in journalism: "Zeri i Rinise" (Tirana),  "El Mundo" (Madrid),  “Zeri” (Pristina)  etc.  He is the author of  articles on Balkan affairs for different local and foreign newspapers... Read More →
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Dr. Inaya Rakhmani

Director of the Communication Research Centre, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia
Dr Inaya Rakhmani, Indonesia, is the Director of the Communication Research Centre, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia and an associate at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Australia. She is a media sociologist with a particular interest in... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 11:30 - 13:00 PDT
Lecture Hall

12:00 PDT

New Media Drives New Business Models: EMDP (Egypt)
EMDP works at the intersection of traditional and new media to help media professionals in Egypt realise the dynamic opportunities presented by an emerging media landscape. EMDP works through interventions in the fields of media production and training and focuses on high-quality hyper-local journalism and outstanding online content curation and creation. It has a track record of building the capacities of nearly 6000 media professionals and dozens of media organisations across the Middle East and North Africa. EMDP also helps non-media entities understand and become a part of the media ecosystem. EMDP works in conjunction with media organisations around the world and plays a unique bridge-building role between global and local media entities and professionals. EMDP is also the publisher of Mantiqti (My Neighborhood), Egypt’s first hyper local print newspaper covering downtown Cairo.

Rapporteur for the session: Elisabetta Plebani, Project Coordinator, Free Press Unlimited


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Tarek Atia

CEO and Founder, EMDP (Egypt Media Development Program)
A journalist and early online innovator in Egypt in the late 1990s, Tarek Atia founded web portals cairolive.com and zahma.com, was assistant editor in chief of Al-Ahram Weekly, and has been published in international outlets including The Washington Post and Neue Zurcher Zeitung... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 12:00 - 12:30 PDT

12:30 PDT

Drone journalism

Drone journalism has the potential to meet some of the vital challenges journalists are facing in an evolving media landscape. Journalists today are under constant pressure to generate innovative online video content despite decreasing budgets. Besides, many areas of the world still present a strong threat to the safety and security of journalists. In such an environment drones present a unique opportunity to meet these constraints and at the same time enable quality journalism. These autonomous and remotely controlled devices allow journalists to gain access to places that are difficult to reach. Moreover, their aerial shots provide a unique and often evocative perspective. This session will engage with the potential for drones in current journalistic practice.

Rapporteur for the session: Laurent Giacobino, Project Director, Internews Europe

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Arbain Rambey

Photo Editor, Kompas Daily
Arbain Rambey, Indonesia, is currently the photo editor at Kompas Daily. His photographic work has won many national as well as international competitions. He is the winner of the National Fashion Contest in 1993, International Art Summit in 1999, and the photo contest MURI in 2008... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 12:30 - 13:00 PDT

14:00 PDT

Safeguarding journalists in high risk zones: IREX SAFE Initiative

The IREX SAFE Initiative provides a triad of integrated security training to at-risk journalists and media practitioners through the lens of digital identity, physical awareness, and psychosocial care. Apart from augmenting capabilities the SAFE initiative also focuses on building support networks, opening up channels for dialogue with the government where possible, and reaching out to national and international civil society organisations and rights groups. Program goals involve providing a holistic safety tool-kit for journalists working in high-risk environments. It aims to operate a 24/7 program-wide hotline that provides access to emergency assistance. It also aims to establish resource centres which operate as a part of a network which promotes media-community solidarity and provides necessary safety information to journalists in need.

Rapporteur for the session: Jens Kiesheyer, Program Coordinator Fragile Africa, Free Press Unlimited.

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Kim Pham

Technical Lead, IREX SAFE Initiative
Phuong Kim Pham is the technical lead for the IREX SAFE Initiative. Ms. Pham oversees the implementation of the Initiative’s integrated safety model - combining digital, physical and psychosocial safety - to address the needs of at-risk journalists, media practitioners and human... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 14:00 - 14:30 PDT

14:30 PDT

Safeguarding journalists in high risk zones: IWMF Reporta

Reporta is a free mobile security application released by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). It was developed in response to the increasing threats faced by journalists worldwide, especially those working in high-risk environments. Reporta helps journalist augment existing security protocols and trainings such as the Hostile Environment and Emergency First Aid Training (HEFAT). Reporta enables journalists to bolster their security protocols. It allows the issuing of video, audio, or image notifications to a pre-designated list of contacts. The app has three essential features: a check-in system that allows journalists to provide key information about their location, a customisable alert function that allows journalists to let key contacts know that their safety or that of a colleague’s is in danger, and finally an SOS button that can be activated to send an emergency notification. Reporta can potentially bridge the response time in a situation of crisis by ensuring a real time SOS update.

Rapporteur for the session: Jens Kiesheyer, Program Coordinator, Fragile Africa, Free Press Unlimited.


Nadine Hoffman

Deputy Director, IWMF
Nadine Hoffman, USA, is the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)’s deputy director, responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s programmatic portfolio. She has more than 10 years of experience managing international programs. Prior to joining the... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 14:30 - 15:00 PDT

14:30 PDT

Policing the cyber-space: Self or State Regulation

The session will shed light on practical examples of self-regulation initiatives by journalists operating in the online sphere as well as their response to attempts by governments to impose state-regulations. We'll hear about cases where governments were responsive to journalists' concerns and cases where, under many pretexts, an old school policing approach was applied to the cyber-sphere.

Rapporteur for the session: Laura Schwartz Henderson, Research Project Manager at the Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication (University of Pennsylvania).

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Ioana Avadani

Executive Director, Center for Independent Journalism
Ioana Avadani, Romania, is the executive director of the Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ) in Bucharest as well as a Board Member at IFEX. In 2013 she received the European Parliament’s Citizen of the Year prize. She has over 20 years of experience in the media, having worked... Read More →
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Tom Law

Director of Campaigns and Communications, Ethical Journalism Network
Tom Law joined the Ethical Journalism Network in 2015 shortly before publication of the EJN's international review of how media cover migration -- "Moving Stories". Prior to that, he worked as  a freelance journalist specializing in Sudan and South Sudan. From 2010 to 2014 he was... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 14:30 - 15:30 PDT

15:00 PDT

Investing in loyalty through artificial intelligence: Klangoo

Klangoo is the developer of the audience engagement solution Magnet. Magnet is a semantic, cross-lingual, contextual based solution driving evidence based results towards real user engagement. It is designed to help publishers and content developers attract new visitors to their website while retaining existing ones. Magnet drives user engagement by enriching the visitor’s user experience which has consistently led to higher content monetization for their clients. Driven by contextual analysis they provide an in-depth report of users’ interests, topics, popular news categories, and trending topics thereby enabling better personalisation of user experience. Magnet’s user centred approach enables its clients to invest in their user loyalty.

Rapporteur for the session: Anne de Haaksman-Koster, Project Officer, Free Press Unlimited.

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Eddy Touma

CEO, Co-Founder, Klangoo
Eddy Touma, Lebanon, is the co-founder and CEO of Klangoo (New York, Beirut, Amsterdam). He holds an MS in Software Engineering from the University of Liverpool and has been a researcher in the Artificial Intelligence domain for more than 11 years. He has previously worked in both... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 15:00 - 15:30 PDT

16:00 PDT

Exploring a new model of revenue stream: Bareksa.com, K. Dharmasaputra (Indonesia)

Bareksa, popularly known as ‘Bloomberg for Beginners’, is a trading platform that allows even the layperson to make an informed decision to invest in the financial markets.  It is a fintech initiative that attempts to combine journalism and financial research and utilize content including articles, research and data to generate transaction based revenue in capital market/ investing areas. Not only does it provide content and information to novice investors it also provides the trading platform on which they can initiate their first trade. By empowering more people to become first time investors it has fostered greater inclusion and participation of citizens in the country’s financial markets. Bareksa currently features 700 local companies that are listed for trading on the platform. Thus, Bareksa not only empowers beginners to take their first step in financial investment but is also bolsters the overall investment climate by enabling active trading and investment. The driving force behind Bareksa is the need to make financial markets more transparent to the ordinary citizens, thereby enabling them to understand its dynamics.

Rapporteur for the session: Dessi Damianova, Program Manager South and Southeast Asia, Free Press Unlimited.

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Karaniya Dharmasaputra

Co-Founder and Chairman, Bareksa.com
Karaniya Dharmasaputra, Indonesia, is currently the Content and Digital Director of Kompas TV. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of Bareksa.com, a financial marketplace. Prior to this he was the Co-Founder and CEO of the newsportal VIVA.co.id, a top-3 news portal in Indonesia... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 16:00 - 16:30 PDT

16:00 PDT

Building new partnerships to improve public access to information

How can public officials, open data experts and journalists collaborate to improve public access to information and data-driven news-coverage? How can anti-corruption commissions, civil society actors and the media join forces to initiate a constructive dialogue on corruption prevention and transparency? The workshop will present lessons learned from media development projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Pakistan and offer insights into the opportunities and challenges for multi stakeholder partnerships to improve access to information. In a practical and participatory way the workshop will bring together a diverse range of actors to showcase the potential that lies in the innovative collaboration between media, citizen and the state in different contexts in the region.

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Isabel Rodde

Adviser Human Rights/Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, GIZ
Isabel Rodde is a human rights adviser at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), focusing on digital rights, media development, freedom of expression and access to information. She is a media scientist, broadcast journalist and journalism trainer. Before joining... Read More →
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Promita Sengupta

Head of Programme, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Promita Sengupta, Bangladesh, is the Head of Programme for ‘Justice and Prison Reform for Promoting Human Rights and Preventing Corruption’ project commissioned by GIZ in Bangladesh. The project works towards facilitating and advising on institutional communication, coordination... Read More →

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Md. Shah Alamgir

Director, Press Institute of Bangladesh
Md. Shah Alamgir, Bangladesh, is the Director of the Press Institute of Bangladesh. In a career spanning 35 years he has held several important posts within print and electronic media organisations in Bangladesh. In recognition of his journalistic achievements he received the Poet... Read More →
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Dr. Md. Shamsul Arefin

Director General – Research and Prevention Wing, Anti Corruption Commission
Dr. Md. Shamsul Arefin, Bangladesh, is the Director-General of Bangladesh’s Anti-Corruption Commission. He has held several administrative positions within the Government of Bangladesh during his long career as a public service official. He has participated in 13 in-country training... Read More →
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Pinkie Chan

Regional Network and Partnership Support Manager, East-West Management Institute, Open Development Initiative
Hi! I'm Pinkie. I'm an open data advocate and practitioner, data journalism aficionado, and education advocate. I'm enthusiastic about building communities to catalyze open data culture and civic technology to create social, environmental, and economic values. Currently, I'm supporting... Read More →
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Sadaf Khan

Director Programs, Media Matters for Democracy, Pakistan
Sadaf Khan, Pakistan, is the Director of Programs, Media Matters for Democracy, a not-for-profit organization that strives towards an inclusive, democratic, and progressive media industry. Sadaf has been associated with the media and media development sector in Pakistan since 2002... Read More →
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Mazhar Hussain Minhas

Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab Information Commission
Mazhar Hussain Minhas, Pakistan, is the Chief Information Commissioner of the Punjab Information Commission. In a legal career spanning 23 years, he has previously served as District and Sessions Judge, as well as the Judge of Lahore High Court. He has maintained his membership with... Read More →
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Dr. Md. Golam Rahman

Chief Information Commissioner, Information Commission Bangladesh
Dr. Md. Golam Rahman has been appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner since February, 2016. He is a Professor in the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, is a well-known academician, media and communication researcher... Read More →
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Syed Ishtiaque Reza

Director News, Ekattor Television
Syed Ishtiaque Reza is the Director News of Ekattor Television. He previously worked as the Head of News of the Boishakhi Television, RTV and ETV. He has also served as the News editor of ATN Bangla. He was the Assistant Editor of the Financial Express (a well renowned national newspaper... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 16:00 - 17:30 PDT

17:00 PDT

Videogames for story-telling

Videogames provide an interactive narrative for story-telling. They provide the interface for narrative immersion. Videogames proceed through the narrative by the means of plots and character-construction and due to their role-playing potential allow the user to navigate through the narrative. As videogame plot points become increasingly complex they create a space for social construction and representation. This session will explore how such character representations negotiate gender norms, social mores, and a continuously evolving digital media landscape.

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Dr. Robin Johnson

Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University
Dr. Robin Johnson, USA, is an Associate Professor at Sam Houston State University. His research focuses on the social and symbolic connections among gender, technology, labor and digital media. His recent research examines the role of masculinity in video game production and culture... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 17:00 - 18:00 PDT

17:30 PDT

Safeguarding journalists in high risk zones: Pakistan Editors' for Safety

Pakistan Editors for Safety was created in response to the deteriorating situation for journalists in Pakistan. The organisation’s basic philosophy is that an attack against any member of the media is considered to be an attack against all. In such a situation the organisation makes a threat assessment in order to determine a joint strategy and response with regards to the coverage of the violence or threats of violence. The organisation also assists affected journalists by providing resources, information, expertise, and outreach. The aim of the organisation is to unite and strengthen the voices of the media community who speak out against violence committed against journalists. It not only provides journalists a strong support system but also helps to create a strong and united voice to counteract attacks against the community.

Rapporteur for the session: Evelien Wijkstra, Policy and Advocacy Officer, Free Press Unlimited.

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Owais Aslam Ali

Chairman, Pakistan Press International ( PPI)
Owais Aslam Ali, Pakistan, is the Secretary General of Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), a media research, documentation and training centre. He is the Chair of Pakistan Press International (PPI), the country's independent news agency and the Secretary of Editors for Safety (EfS... Read More →

Wednesday September 21, 2016 17:30 - 18:00 PDT
Thursday, September 22

09:00 PDT

Newsroom Trailblazers
Meydan TV is a Berlin-based Azerbaijani non-profit media organization. Founded by dissident blogger and former political prisoner Emin Milli in 2013, Meydan TV publishes news in Azerbaijani, English, and Russian.Meydan TV gained prominence for its reports and online broadcasts on corruption, human rights and other issues in Azerbaijan, which have been used by the international media, particularly during the 2015 European Games in Baku when several reporters and foreign observers were barred from the country. Meydan TV is a partner of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

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Emin Milli

Chefredakteur, Meydan TV
Emin Milli (Emin Abdullayev), Azerbaijan, is a managing director of Meydan TV since 2013. Meydan TV is an independent online news media platform for Azerbaijan and a media hub for the region. Milli was imprisoned in 2009 for two and a half years for his critical views about the government... Read More →

Thursday September 22, 2016 09:00 - 09:30 PDT

09:30 PDT

Youth v. Propaganda- Get the trolls out

As numerous studies show, the offline (traditional, ‘legacy’) media are far less appealing to the young generation than online media, social media in particular. In some regions, such as MENA or SEE, up to 80% of young people use social media as their main source of information. At the same time this demographic seldom differentiates between the content provided by professional journalists and the content found on social media. If added to it the fact that the ratio between journalists and PR people is nowadays significantly different than 20 years ago – the ratio of journalists-PR persons being 1:1 (1:5 in some countries such as the Netherlands) - it has become extremely important to help the young generation understand the difference between facts (supposed to be provided by professional media) and ‘facts’ provided by PR persons or propagandists.

In the ‘post-fact’ era where politicians are refusing to deal with facts, when they play with raw emotions and mock experts and journalists omit to check the ‘facts’ – young people are in serious need of learning how to think critically about media’s role and media content.   

The Media Diversity Institute’s Get the Trolls Out! (GTTO) project has been targeting younger users of the social media and helping them to recognise myths, lies, or hateful rhetoric and deal with them in constructive ways by using different mechanisms – from street theatre, radio debates, documentary films to cartoons or off and online debates. They initiated a simple guidance soon to be distributed by Twitter among primary and secondary schools. 

This session will provide basic information about the GTTO and open a discussion on the best ways to differentiate between the facts and the ‘facts’, journalism, and propaganda.

Rapporteur for the session: Leon van den Boogerd, Team Leader Sustainable Media Development, Fress Press Unlimited.

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Milica Pesic

Executive Director, Media Diversity Institute
Milica, executive director of the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in London, has worked in the field for more than 20 years. She has designed and supervised a number of multinational programs and co-designed a Diversity and the Media course run jointly by the MDI and the University... Read More →

Thursday September 22, 2016 09:30 - 10:00 PDT