We are very happy that two members of the UNFOLLOW magazine team, and also contributors here at Borderline Reports, Mariniki Alevizopoulou and Augustine Zenakos, will be participating in the International Conference “Freedom of Information under Pressure” at the University of Vienna.
The conference takes place February 28th and March 1st and will gather more than 30 international speakers (academics, media practitioners, librarians, experts of open culture and public space, activists and policy makers) from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom, and will call for an open discussion on the challenges of freedom of information in the light of the recent surveillance revelations and the increase in censorship and prosecutions of media, journalists and whistle-blowers in Europe and beyond. For those not able to attend, the event will be streamed live through The Press Project, with a choice of three languages – English, which is the official language of the conference, or simultaneous translation in German or Greek.
Please visit the conference website for more information, the programme and the complete list of speakers.
Also, there will be a pre-conference event, a screening of “Ruins – Chronicle of an HIV witch-hunt”, on Thursday, February 27th, at 19:00. The documentary describes the shocking case of HIV criminalization in Greece and the prosecution and public humiliation of HIV positive women – a case study of severe violations of privacy and human rights. After the screening, a discussion will follow with Professor George Katrougalos (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece), Mariniki Alevizopoulou and Augustine Zenakos (UNFOLLOW magazine), and the Researcher Kathrin Niedermoser (University of Vienna).