Doughty Street Barristers Speak at UNESCO World Press Freedom Conference 2020

The World Press Freedom Conference 2020 (#WPFC2020) took place over two days, 9 – 10 December 2020. More than 3,500 participants from 133 countries attended the conference, which was broadcast live from the World Forum in the Hague, and thousands more followed the live stream. The Conference focused on the most pressing issues facing the media in these unprecedented times, and it included exhibitions curated by World Press Photo and Cartooning for Press Freedom.

Three members of Doughty Street Chambers spoke at the conference:

  • Amal Clooney spoke on a High Level Panel on Safety of Journalists (which can be seen here) alongside the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stef Blok; UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan; Vera Jourova, European Commission; and Venezuelan journalist Melanio Escobar.

  • Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC spoke at a session hosted by Columbia University and chaired by UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, on Investigating Killings of Journalists: Successes, Limitations and Recommendations (available here). It examined the murders of Daphne Caruana Galizia (with her eldest son, Matthew Caruana Galizia, joining the panel), Jamal Khashoggi, Christopher Allen, Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon.

  • Nani Jansen Reventlow spoke at a session, chaired by Kharim Amghar, commemorating the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, which focused on how to strengthen the investigations and prosecutions for crimes and attacks against journalists (available here).

Highlights from the conference can be viewed here and full details, including all sessions, and films and documentaries on press freedom, can be seen here. More information about the work of Doughty Street’s International Media Defence Panel can be seen here.