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Media Policy Forum

Present the second annual

Media Policy Forum Media, Elections, and Participatory Democracy: How Free?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 8:30am

Radisson Blu Leogrand Hotel
Mitropolit Varlaam St 77
Chisinau, MD-2012
Republic of Moldova

Connecting government, media, and civil society to identify policy avenues toward a more transparent and accountable media ecosystem in Moldova

Please join Internews, Freedom House, and the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation for the second annual Media Policy Forum in Chisinau. The Forum will address challenges and regional trends in Europe and Eurasia facing freedom of expression during elections, with particular attention to digital media, objective coverage, and journalists’ rights and freedoms. During the discussion, we will aim to identify policy solutions that maintain respect for international standards on free expression with attention to key issues around elections, including defending digital space, fostering fair elections coverage, countering disinformation, and promoting free speech. The Forum will convene a wide array of experts from civil society, independent media, government, academia, and the international donor community.


Plenary session:
His Excellency Dereck J. Hogan
Ambassador of the United States to Moldova
Her Excellency Lucy Joyce OBE
Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Moldova
Chargé d’affaires a.i. Urszula Pałłasz
Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Moldova
Daniela Morari (TBC)
State Secretary for European Integration
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova
Christopher Duggan
Deputy Chief of Mission
Embassy of Canada to Romania, Bulgaria, and the Republic of Moldova
Nika Aleksejeva
Community Manager
Digital Forensic Research Lab
Barış Altıntaş
Executive Director
Media Law and Studies Center
Marc Behrendt
Director for Europe & Eurasia Programs
Freedom House
Victoria Bucătaru
Executive Director
Foreign Policy Association
Corina Cepoi
Chief of Party in Moldova
Nadine Gogu
Executive Director
Independent Journalism Center
Aruseak Julhakyan
Member of Parliament
National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia
David Kankiya
Election Analyst
Zurab Khrikadze
Central Electoral Commission of Georgia
Łukasz Lipiński
Dr. Gillian McCormack
Chief of Party - Ukraine, Europe & Eurasia Programs
Mădălin Necșuțu
Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)
Liliana Palihovici
Institutum Virtutes Civilis
Olesea Perean
National Human Rights Coordinator
Dmytro Potekhin
Founder and CEO
Tatiana Puiu
Project Coordinator
Freedom House in Moldova
Oksana Romaniuk
Executive Director
Institute of Mass Information
Nouneh Sarkissian
Managing Director
Media Initiatives Center
Steve Swerdlow
Central Asia Researcher
Human Rights Watch
Raimar Wagner
Project Coordinator Romania
Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit
Viorica Zaharia
Press Council of Moldova


Please direct any questions regarding the event to [email protected].

This Forum comes as part of a broader programmatic effort, funded by USAID and UK Aid, and implemented by Internews in partnership with Freedom House and local organizations, to strengthen the legal and regulatory environment for media freedom in Moldova. For more information about this project, please visit our MEDIA-M program page.

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