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Draft Conference programme

International Conference on Freedom of Information: the Right to Know, 2-3 May 2010, Brisbane, Australia.


Sunday 2 May 2010




Formal Public Opening Ceremony


  • Michael Bromley, Head of the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Queensland


National Anthem


Video welcome presentation
Indigenous cultural welcome: Nunukul Yuggera Group


Welcome: Paul Greenfield, Vice-Chancellor, University of Queensland


Opening Remarks: Cameron Dick, Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations, State Government of Queensland


Address: H. E. Ms Penelope Wensley, Governor of Queensland (Invited)


The University of Queensland Centenary Oration for World Press Freedom Day
Title: Freedom of Information: The Right to Know

Speaker: Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO


Refreshments break


Plenary Session 1
Title: Freedom of Information: current status, challenges and implications for news media


  • Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


  • John McMillan, Australian Information Commissioner Designate
  • Raghu Menon, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India
  • Edetaen Ojo, Executive Director, Media Rights Agenda, Nigeria
  • Toby Mendel, Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy, Canada




Parallel Sessions
Session A: Journalists under Pressure: Experiences from the frontline


  • Chris Masters, Investigative Journalist and Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> </table>


  • Dan Southerland, Executive Director, Radio Free Asia
  • Monica Gonzalez, Director, Center of Journalism and Investigation (CIPER), Chile
  • Zuhair Al-Jezairy, Director, Aswat al-Iraq
  • Shahla Sherkat, Journalist, Iran
  • Valentina Al-Ama, Communication and Project Director, Ma'an News Network, Palestine


Session B: Threats to Media Freedom and Freedom of Information in the South Pacific


  • Ashley Wickham, former General Manager of the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Studios, Solomon Islands


  • Sophie Foster, Fiji Times, Fiji
  • Savea Sano Malifa, Samoa Observer, Samoa
  • Susuve Laumaea, Co-Chair of the Pacific Freedom Forum, Papua New Guinea
  • Lisa Williams-Lahari, Founding member, WAVE and Pacific Freedom Forum, Cook Islands


Refreshments break


Plenary Session 2
Title: Freedom of Information as a tool for empowerment: Enabling protection and achievement of other rights


  • Ulla Carlsson, Director of Nordicom (Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research) at Göteborg University, Sweden


  • Senator Joe Ludwig, Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State, Federal Government of Australia
  • David Banisar, Senior Legal Counsel, Article 19, United Kingdom
  • Ramzi Khoury, Strategic Communications Consultant; CEO, Strategy Falcons Ltd. of Dubai, United Arabic Emirates
  • Taranath Dahal, Chairperson, Freedom Forum, Nepal
  • P.V. Satheesh, Director, Deccan Development Society, India


Cocktail function

Monday 3 May 2010


Plenary Session 3 
Title: Transparency, accountability and the fight against corruption: Freedom of Information laws and beyond


  • Aidan White, General-Secretary, International Federation of Journalists, Belgium

<tr valign="top"><td> </td><td>Panel: 

  • Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Secretary, Union of Journalists, Russia
  • Alvaro Herrero, Executive Director, Association for Civil Rights, Argentina
  • Rozlana Taukina, President of the Journalists in Danger Fund and former President of the Association of Independent Electronic Mass Media in Central Asia (ANESMICA), Kazakhstan 
  • Atmakusumah Astraatmadja, Executive Director, Dr Soetomo Press Institute, Indonesia

</td></tr><tr valign="top"> </tr><tr valign="top"><td>10:30-11:00</td><td>Refreshments</td></tr>


Plenary Session 4
Title: The Right to Know in a Digital Age


Moderator: Paul Barclay, Presenter, ABC Radio National's Australia Talks


Panel: Guy Berger, Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, Editor-in-chief, Der standard, Austria
Francis Herman, Former General Manager, Fiji Broadcasting Corporation; Adviser, Vanuatu Broadcasting Corporation
Premesh Chandran, Co-founder and CEO of Malaysiakini.com, Malaysia<tr valign="top"><td>13:00-14:00</td><td>Lunch</td></tr>


Adoption of Brisbane Declaration


Moderator: Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO<tr valign="top"><td> </td><td>Panel: Drafting Commission
Guest: Councillor David McLachlan, Brisbane City Council</td></tr><tr valign="top"><td>15:00-17:30</td><td>WPF Day Prize Award Ceremony and Conference Closing</td></tr><tr valign="top"><td> </td><td>


  • Martin Hadlow, Associate Professor, School of Journalism, University of Queensland, Deputy Chair, Australian National Commission to UNESCO, Convenor, World Press Freedom Day Conference 2010

</td></tr><tr valign="top"><td> </td><td>One minute of silence</td></tr><tr valign="top"> <td>


  • Michael Bromley Professor and Head of School, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Queensland
  • Fernando Cano Busquets, Guillermo Cano Foundation Representative
  • Joergen Ejboel, Chairman of the Board Jyllands Posten/Politiken Newspapers LTD
    Representative of the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation
  • Joe Thloloe, President of the Jury of the World Press Freedom Prize, Press Ombudsman, Press Council of South Africa
    Cultural Performance
  • Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO

</td></tr><tr valign="top"><td> </td><td>World Press Freedom Prize Laureate</td></tr><tr valign="top"><td> </td><td>Hon. Kevin Rudd, MP. Prime Minister (invited)</td></tr><tr valign="top"><td>17:30</td><td>Farewell cocktail function</td></tr>

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