Freedom of the Press and Free Speech: Defending Our Democratic Values
On August 30, 2016 the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) and The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Baltic Sea festival by the Swedish Radio arranged a high-level seminar about freedom of the press and free speech in connection with the 25th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with the Baltic countries.
Welcoming remarks by Mats Karlsson, Director of UI
Challenges to democracy and the EU’s fundamental values in Europe today
Opening address by Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
Perpectives from the Baltics: How do we defend ourselves against the threats to democracy, freedom of expression and freedom of the press in the EU?
Marina Kaljurand, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia
Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania
Panel discussion: What is needed to protect freedom of the press and freedom of expression, and the fundamental democratic values in Europe?
Darja Saar, Head of Estonia’s Russian-language television channel ETV+
Inga Springe, Founder of the Baltic Centre for Investigative Journalism Re:Baltica
Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė, Editor-in-chief of the news portal Delfi
Cilla Benkö, Director General of Swedish Radio
Peter Wolodarski, Editor-in-chief of Dagens Nyheter
The seminar was moderated by Ginna Lindberg, Head of Foreign News at Ekot, Swedish Radio.