Journalists and filmmakers are society’s watchdogs, ensuring government accountability and informing people of what is going on in the world around them. Yet they are increasingly under pressure to report against the backdrop of bans, threats and restrictions around the world.

Press freedom and independence, availability of an unrestricted stream of information to the public, and diversity in media are all vital in the functioning of fair and just societies. How do we maintain one of the fundamental human rights, and the key to holding power to account around the world – freedom of expression?

Hosted by One World Media at EBRD, this event will bring together journalists who have had their work restricted, censored or banned, to discuss the fundamental importance of press freedom, look at the current state of press freedom around the world, and show how and why they have continued their work despite the challenges they have encountered.


Richard Porter

Director of Internal Communications, EBRD (Chair)

Isam Uraiqat

Co-founder & Editor, AlHudood

Rebecca Vincent

UK Bureau Director, Reporters Without Borders

Kasra Naji

Special Correspondent, BBC

Safa Al Ahmad

Freelance Journalist & Filmmaker

Doors will open for registration at 5.30pm and coffee and tea will be served. The discussion will begin promptly at 18.00, followed by a drinks reception.

Please note that all guests must bring a form of identification and may be subject to a random bag search. You should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure you have time to pass through check-in and security.

Please click here for a map and directions on how to find the venue, EBRD.

Date: Tuesday 14 May 2019
Time: 17:30 – 20:30 GMT
Location: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, One Exchange Square, London, EC2A 2JN

This event is free to attend, please reserve your place by registering at the link below.

Register here