CIMA and MDI on Freedom of Expression in a Multicultural World

Date: 9 June 2015

Country: US

CIMA_EventThe Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) and the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) organise a panel discussion on Strengthening Freedom of Expression in a Multicultural World. Discussion will be held on 9 June in Washington with Milica Pesic (MDI), Gary Young (Guardian US), dr Verica Rupar (AUT University), Courtney Radsch (Committee to Protect Journalists) and Rob Leavitt (MDI US Trustee). Moderator is Razia Iqbal, BBC News.


Freedom of expression is seen as a universal right in most countries, at least on paper if not always in practice. But building support for freedom of expression has become more complex as countries have become more culturally diverse.  How do we strengthen media professionals’ capacities to deal with these complex cases, which often involve hate speech and incitement to violence, and improve the quality of independent media?  What professional standards of accuracy, impartiality, independence, sensitivity, and accountability should journalists follow in culturally divided societies?

The audience can examine these questions with the featured speakers by engaging on Twitter, following @CIMA_Media and @MDI_UK under hashtag #CIMAevents. Discussion from 12.00–14.00 EST (18:00-20:00 CET) can be watched here.