World Press Freedom Day Side Event: Profiling and surveillance, a renewed challenge to freedom of expression

World Press Freedom Day Side Event: Profiling and surveillance, a renewed challenge to freedom of expression

From May 2-4 2024, UNESCO and the government of Chile will host the 31st edition of World Press Freedom Day in Santiago. The global commemorative conference commemorates the vital role of journalism and information access in fostering a sustainable future that upholds diversity of voices.

Media Defence is organising a side event at the conference and taking part in two others. Read more about the conference here and side events here.

Profiling and surveillance: a renewed challenge to freedom of expression for the use of new technologies

WHEN: Saturday 4th May, 9:00 – 10:00 CLT
WHERE: Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistra & Online (Livestream available)
ORGANISED BY: Media Defence

As a journalist, protection of sources, privacy, confidentiality, security threats and personal identity can all be severely disrupted by surveillance. The use of new technologies poses new challenges. Not only can state actors engage in these practices, but they also enable threats from various other actors. This complex landscape complicates seeking  accountability in cases of human rights violations.

The use of surveillance technology is on the rise in Latin America. This is deeply worrying in a region with a long history of both democratic and authoritarian governments controlling society and public debate through surveillance of journalists, human rights activists, political opponents, or critics with total impunity.

This panel aims to raise awareness of ongoing surveillance in Latin America, and the legal struggle for accountability. We will discuss how surveillance is being deployed in five countries, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador and Brazil, and how it is being challenged with different litigation strategies. The panel will refer to recent and ongoing emblematic cases from different perspectives (victims, legal representatives and NGOs).

Carlos Gaio (Moderator), CEO, Media Defence.
Angela Caro, Legal Coordinator, Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP)
Mauricio Weibel, President of Sociedad de Corresponsales en Latinoamérica y el Caribe (SOLAC)
Leopoldo Maldonado (Speaker), Director, Article 19 Mexico & Central America
Charlene Nagae, Founder and Executive Director, TORNAVOZ
Carlos Dada, Director, El Faro

Other Side Events

International Cooperation for the Pursuit of Innovative Solutions for the Protection of Environmental Journalists and Communicators

WHEN: Saturday 4th May, 16:00 – 18:00 CLT
Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistra
ARTICLE 19 Brazil and South America Office, Article19 Mexico and Central America Office

Beatriz Barbosa (Moderator), RSF
Raissa Carrillo, Media Defence
Pedro Vaca, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)
Alicia Miller, FOPEA
Raquel da Cruz Lima, Article19
Laura María Ajcalón Tuiz, Radio Juventud de Sololá

Violence in Digital Environments

WHEN: Monday 6th May, 10:35 – 11:25 CLT
WHERE: Lima, Peru
ORGANISED BY: UNDP, OHCHR and UNESCO; along with the three main organisations advocating for press freedom in Peru: the National Association of Journalists (ANP), the Press and Society Institute (IPYS), and the Peruvian Press Council (CPP).

Glatzer Tuesta,
(moderator) Ideeleradio
Raissa Carrillo, Media Defence
Rosa María Palacios, journalist
Carolina Fernández, Democracia Digital del PNUD Perú

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