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Global Conference for Media Freedom 2020

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Canada and Botswana will co-host the second Global Conference for Media Freedom on November 16, 2020.

Building on the success of the inaugural Global Conference for Media Freedom in London last year, this online event will feature the first Ministerial meeting of the Media Freedom Coalition, a coalition of 37 governments committed to working together to advocate for media freedom and the protection of journalists. All 37 members of the Media Freedom Coalition have signed the Global Pledge on Media Freedom, that commits like-minded countries to working together on identifying and acting on violations and abuses against members of the press.

The conference will provide a forum to:

  • strengthen joint efforts in defending media freedom worldwide
  • connect with journalists and media workers, civil society and governments

Watch the Global Conference for Media Freedom live here!

Join the conference on Monday November 16 starting at 9:30 EST.

Broadcast details

  • 09:30-10:45 EST - Discussion with High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom
  • 11:15-11:50 EST - Opening of the Second Global Conference for Media Freedom
  • 11:55-12:55 EST - Session 1: Media Freedom and Democracy
  • 13:00-14:00 EST - Session 2: Media Freedom and Disinformation
  • 14:05-15:05 EST - Session 3: Media Freedom and COVID-19
  • 15:10-15:50 EST - Closing: The Way Forward for Media Freedom

About the conference

Details about the Global Conference for Media Freedom, the Media Freedom Coalition, and facts about media freedom.

Concept note

The concept note speaks to the objectives and key themes of the Global Conference.


The agenda for the virtual conference outlines speakers and panel sessions. The program is subject to change.

Policy papers

The aim of these policy papers is to engage in a broader discussion with experts on challenges facing media freedom; stimulate debate and discussion on policy recommendations; and help inform the Media Freedom Coalition’s future work.

“A vibrant and free media is essential to democracy and human rights. During this critical time, we must stand together to protect the freedom of media workers who pursue necessary truths, within and beyond our own borders. Canada looks forward to co-hosting the 2020 Global Conference for Media Freedom with Botswana. Let’s remain united in our efforts to overcome threats to the vital work and safety of journalists around the world.“

- The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada

“The Government of Botswana commits to hold in high regard the role the media plays in strengthening our democracy.“

- The Honourable Kabo Neale Sechele Morwaeng, Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Republic of Botswana

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