Summing up ten years of debate - looking back, looking forward
Under the headline Ten Years Debating Freedom of Expression – Looking Back, Looking Forward appr. 40 participants – both journalists and media academics – from around ten countries gather in Jakarta 23 – 25 January.
The debates started after the controversies in the aftermath of the Muhammed caricatures published in Jyllands-Posten. One of the initiatives was to invite journalists from a wide range of countries for dialogue conferences in Indonesia and Norway respectively. Now, more than ten years after the first Global Intermedia Dialogue (GIMD) conference was held in Indonesia, the ambition is to highlight experiences and look ahead.
The discussions will focus on themes such as Hate Speech – Social media, Media and Marginalization – Gender, Religious, Ethnic and Sexual Minorities, Dialogue vs Confrontation, 20 Years after Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations”, Terrorism – Extremism, The Post-Truth Era?– and last, but not least: How free is fiction? Literature and limits.
The conference is a cooperation between the Department of Communication, Universitas Indonesia (Communication Research Centre, Department of Communication Faculty of Social and Political Sciences) and JMIC (Department of Journalism and Media Studies: International Center, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences).
A publication with journalistic and academic contributions from this and a conference in March last year is planned.