Conference programme

International Conference on Press Freedom, Access to Information and Empowerment of People. 2-3 May 2008 Maputo, Mozambique

 Friday 2 May 2008 Inaugural Ceremony


Registration of Delegates


Welcome Address by H.E. Aires Bonifacio Ali, Minister of Education and Culture, Mozambique


Address by Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO


Theme 1: Press Freedom contributes to Empowerment

The media fulfills an essential component of a democratic society. Access to a free, independent and pluralistic media is essential for gaining awareness of the issues that matter both nationally and internationally. Today our empowerment as community members, as nationals and as global citizens; relies on access to diverse media outlets. However several factors will affect the extent to which the media environment will empower its citizens; including media variety, the existence of professional standards and access to new technology.


  • Ricardo Malate, Chief Executive Officer, Radio Mozambique


  • Kaitira E. Kandjii, Regional Director , Media Institute of Southern Africa
  • Davidson L. Hepburn, former Deputy and Ambassador of business affairs for the Bahamas to the UN
  • Atmakusuma Astraatmadja, Executive Director, Dr. Soetomo Press Institute, Indonesia
  • Khalil Assali, Journalist, Correspondent for GulfNews Newspaper-UAE, Correspondant for ME Radio Network and Radio Sawa, Jordan
  • Lourenco Joaquim de Costa Rosário – Chancellor of ISPU (Instituto Superior Politécnico e Universitário ) and President of the African Union peer review mechanism in Mozambique


Coffee/tea break


Panel Discussion and Questions


Launching of the World Bank/University of Michigan Press publication "Broadcasting, Voice and Accountability: A public interest approach to policy, law and regulation"




UNESCO Mozambique CMC project demonstration by Polly Gaster, Head of IT4D at the University Center for Informatics, Mozambique


Theme 2: The role of community media

Local media invite participation from marginalized and vulnerable populations that are often overlooked by larger media; although the limited audience served by local media does not guarantee that marginalized groups, such as women, for example, will be included in the dialogue. However local media has the potential to provide an interactive platform for decision making by the community while new technology has increasingly permitted ordinary citizens to participate in alternative media.


  • Jeanette Minnie, Zambezi FoX, International Freedom of Expression and Media Consultant


  • Steve Buckley, President, World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), Canada
  • Gabriel Baglo, Director, International Federation of Journalists, Africa Office, Senegal
  • Samuel Njuguna Mbure, Programme Director, Africa Free Media Foundation, Kenya
  • Ana Maria Miralles Castellanos, Profesor, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia
  • Raghu Mainali, Coordinator, Community Radio Support Centre (NEFEJ), Nepal
  • David Nyamwaya, Regional Adviser, Health promotion, World Health Organisation


Coffee/tea break


The Africa Media Initiative, presentation by Eric Chinje, Chair, AMI, and Fackson Banda, SAB LTD-UNESCO Chair of Media and Democracy, School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa


Reception hosted by Media Institute for Southern Africa, Mozambique chapter

Saturday 3 May 2008


Theme 3. Access to information

Informed opinions change our role as citizens. Information allows us to make decisions based on fact; which can significantly alter our political, social and economic perspectives. Access to information not only depends on the collection and dissemination of reliable data but also on the means of accessing this information. This can be contingent both on the IT resources in a country, media literacy levels as well as levels of government disclosure and cooperation.


  • Faith Pansy Tlakula, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights


  • Agnès Callamard, Executive Director, Article 19, United Kingdom
  • Kwame Karikari, Director, Media Foundation for West Africa, Ghana
  • Ambeyi Ligabo, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression
  • Walid Al Saqqaf, Journalist, former Publisher and Editor in Chief, Yemen Times, Yemen
  • Edetaen Ojo, Executive Director, Media Rights Agenda, Nigeria
  • Tomas Vieira Mario, Director, Southern African Research and Documentation Center in Mozambique



Coffee/tea break


Adoption of Recommendations and of the “Declaration of Maputo”




Official Ceremony and Award of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize supported by the Cano and Ottaway Foundations


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