Kigale 2020: How serious IS the Commonwealth about Media Freedom?

Kigale 2020: How serious IS the Commonwealth about Media Freedom?
Date
21 January 2020, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Type
Other Events
Venue
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Westminster, SW1A 0AA
Description

Speakers include:

HE Mr Papa Owusu-Ankomah, Ghanaian High Commissioner to the UK 
Rebecca Vincent, UK Bureau Director, Reporters Without Borders
Akbar Khan, former Secretary General, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (2014-19)

Chair: John Whittingdale MP, Chair, Media Freedom APPG and BGIPU
 
In the Commonwealth Charter (2012) member countries signed up to Chapter V on Freedom of Expression: “We are committed to peaceful, open dialogue and the free flow of information, including through a free and responsible media, and to enhancing democratic traditions and strengthening democratic processes.” As British Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, also put support for media freedom at the heart of Britain's foreign policy goals.  But what is the Commonwealth’s track record on the fundamental issue of media freedom and freedom of expression? These are vital underpinnings of democracy,  good governance and accountability. In reality, is the Commonwealth merely part of the dismal global trend of oppressive restrictions on the media and attacks on journalists, despite the Commonwealth's public rhetoric as a ‘values based association’? What does the choice of Rwanda as the next host of the Commonwealth heads of government meeting (CHOGM) signify for Commonwealth values?
 
To RSVP or for more information, please contact the PHRG Co-ordinator, Nicole Piché 


Contact

Nicole Pichen
pichen@parliament.uk
020 7862 8871