2-4 May 2016
Helsinki, Finland

Helen Darbishire, Executive Director of Access Info Europe, participated in the panel discussions organized for the World Press Freedom Day 2016 under the title “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms – This Is Your Right!”. The World Press Freedom Day 2016 highlighted the links between press freedom, a culture of openness and the right to freedom of information, and sustainable development in the digital age.

This year’s panel discussions examined the questions from three different perspectives:

»  freedom of information as a fundamental freedom and as a human right,
»  protecting press freedom from censorship and surveillance overreach; and
»  ensuring safety for journalism online and offline.

Helen Dabishire took part as a moderator of the discussion organized by FOIAnet on “The Right to Information- Focus on Gender and Other Benefits”.
Other panellists participating in this discussion were:
Dumisani Moyo, Independent Research Consultant (South Africa)
Heidi Hautala, Member of the European Parliament (Finland)
Laura Neuman, Director Global Access to Information Program, Carter Center (United States of America)
Ons Ben Abdelkarim, Director, Albawsala (Tunisia)
Yahia Shukkeir, Journalist, Alarab Alyawm (Jordan)

More information on this event, as well as the agenda, can be found here