Freedom of Information under Pressure

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.

header-bg copyThe 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).

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WHAT IS THE PRICE OF FREEDOM?

What Is the Price of Freedom? A debate. Thursday, October 3rd 2013, 7.00pm, Free Thinking Zone, Athens.

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A debate on “tolerance” at an interesting juncture: The leadership of Golden Dawn, Greece’s neonazi party that holds 18 seats in Parliament, has been arrested and charged with forming and participating in a criminal organization. This debate, set up before these recent developments, aims to address the issue of “tolerance”, framed within a liberal-democratic discourse. It will be challenging to see where recent events take us.

The speakers are: Nicos C. Alivizatos, professor of law; author, What Kind of Democracy After the Crisis? | Geoff Kidder, director, membership and events, Institute of Ideas; convenor, IoI Book Club; IoI’s resident expert in all sporting matters | Dr Theodoros Skylakakis, MEP; member, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe; president, Drasi | Nikos Sotirakopoulos, PhD student; assistant lecturer in environmental sociology, University of Kent, Canterbury | Dr George Sotiropoulos, lecturer, Department of Political Science, Democritean University of Thrace | Augustine Zenakos, head of editorial team, UNFOLLOW magazine. The debate will be chaired by Claire Fox, director, Institute of Ideas; panelist, BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze.

The debate will be in English, streamed live on the Free Thinking Zone channel. Twitter hashtag is #battleofideas.

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