WPFD 2017: The Must-See Sessions

(From left to right) Indonesian Press Council Chairman Yoseph "Stanley" Adi Suryo, Indonesian Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara, UNESCO Assistant Director General for Communication and Information Frank La Rue, and European Union Ambassador for ASEAN Francisco Fontan Pardo at the press conference on Tuesday morning (Albizia Akbar / Voice of Millennials)

Selamat datang! Welcome to the World Press Freedom Day 2017 celebration, where you could speak up your mind and catch up on what’s going on with the press condition from around the world. They have a lots of interesting sessions and activities, but here are some to start with, recommendations from (probably) the top 3 people of WPFD, which are:

Frank La Rue (UNESCO Assistant Director General of Communication and Information)

Photo by : Albizia Akbar (Voice of Millennials)

Rudiantara (Indonesian Communication and Informatics Minister)

Photo by : Albizia Akbar (Voice of Millennials)

Yoseph Adi Suryo (Indonesian Press Council Chairman)

Photo by : Albizia Akbar (Voice of Millennials)

Day 1 (Wednesday, 3 May 2017)

  • Speaker’s Corner (13:15-14:15)
    Curbing Fake News and Hate Speech Online 
    Fake news and hoaxes could easily spread like a wildfire. “It isn’t just Indonesia’s problem. A lot of countries need to deal with this too, like United States, German, even Russia,” Yoseph said in a press conference this morning. So, how can we handle this issue?


  • Parallel Session 1 (14:15-15:45)
    Journalists’ Safety and Tackling Impunity: How Can Crimes Against Media Workers Be Addressed?
    A lot of violence against journalist cases remain unsolved around the globe. For example, the murder of an Indonesian journalist named Udin in 1996. Sometimes, the government get involved. Is there any effective policy or mechanism that could protect the journalists? Is the law just a formality?


  • Parallel Session 2 (14:15-15:45)
    Media and Information Literacy as a Bulwark Against Hate Speech, Misinformation, and Polarization Online – What Good Practices Exist?
    We are in the new media era where we could get any information with one click. Without media and information literacy, the public would get “fooled” by any misleading information. This session is said to be the place to learn about the power of media and information literacy by coming to the session.


Day 2 (Thursday, 4 May 2017)

  • Parallel Session 7 (11:15-12:45)
    How Fake(d) News and Social Media Filter Bubbles Are Impacting on the Role of Journalism in Society
    Filter bubbles is a situation when internet users only search for an information or opinion which support their argument. Combined with the fake news, they caused the public to become skeptical and could affect journalism role badly. What action could we take as a stakeholder to counter such happenings?


  • Speaker’s Corner (13:15-14:15)
    Screening of the Film “Azaad” by Indian Film Director Rahul V. Chittella
    The UNESCO has invited Chittella to screen his short film about dysfunctional relationship between a father and his son, starring Sakshi Tanwar and Atul Kurkani. But actually, it speaks about freedom of expression. Spare your time to watch it at the speaker’s corner.


  • Parallel Session 11 (14:15-15:45)
    The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity and its Implementation in Asia
    La Rue says that there are four elements in safety of journalists: safety (including access of information, privacy, and source protection), policies of prevention, mechanism of protection, and the question of impunity. Listen to UN’s plan to further guard journalists safety in Asia in this session.


Photo by : Albizia Akbar (Voice of Millenials)

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