AGENDA – Press Freedom Conference 2020

About Press Freedom Conference 2019

The murder of the Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak
and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová in Slovakia in February 2018 horrifies and bewilders us.

The perpetrators are enemies of freedom, people who are afraid of journalistic research and transparency. In 2018, 54 journalists were killed worldwide because they were journalists.

We must not accept that!

It is up to European governments, Parliaments and publishers to create the framework conditions that encourage journalists and enable them to work critically and independently. 

But press freedom is not just a function of the law. Editorial independence depends as well on a market that can generate sufficient returns for the financial investments required. To research public records to uncover corruption, to send correspondents to relevant events and to thoroughly check an information, are time-consuming and expensive exercises. Therefore, economic viability is an essential component of a strong, independent and free press able to encourage and empower journalists, to continue to work critically and independently in the benefit of our democratic societies. 



Conference Timeline





Registration, welcoming coffee


Opening and welcome speeches 



Short movie about Ján Kuciak

Andrej Kiska 
President of the Slovak Republic

Valdo Lehari Jr.
Vice President ENPA


Status of investigations in the murder cases Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová, Daphne Caruana Galizia 

Peter Bárdy

Tim Röhn
Investigative Journalist
Die Welt


Status of Media in CEE/V4
Panel debate

Peter Bárdy

Robert Čásenský
EiC Reportér Magazín

Matúš Kostolný
EiC Denník N

Beata Balogová
EiC SME/IPI: Hungary

Bartosz Węglarczyk


LUNCH break 


The Threat to Freedom of the Press in Crisis and War Zones

Paul Ronzheimer
Chief Reporter – Bild


Changes to the Slovak Press Code in context of European legislative and practice
Panel debate 

Tomáš Kamenec
Media lawyer

Juraj Porubský
EiC Forbes Slovakia

Iveta Radičová
Dean Faculty of Media 
Pan-European University

Jane Whyatt
Communication Officer
European Centre for Press & Media Freedom


What needs to be done in order to assure and improve press freedom and economic viability of journalistic enterprises in the EU?

Mark Dekan
CEO Ringier Axel Springer Media AG


Future of Media in Europe, what has to be expected after the European elections?

High level Panel debate

Marc Walder
CEO Ringier

Ilias Konteas
Executive Director

Ivan Štefanec
Member of the European Parliament

Stephen Brown
Executive Editor

Paul Ronzheimer
Chief Reporter – Bild


Closing remarks/End of conference

Valdo Lehari Jr.
Vice President ENPA

Ilias Konteas
Executive Director

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