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MLRC European Media Lawyers Conference 2022

Date: Monday, June 13, 2022

Continuing MLRC’s series of annual meetings that began in Paris and then Berlin, we invite you to join us this June in Amsterdam for a full day of discussion and networking with colleagues from around Europe. These meetings are designed to help form a more cohesive team of media lawyers to work together throughout Europe, to share information about legal developments and strategize to defend freedom of expression.

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Location: Google Amsterdam, Claude Debussylaan 34, 1082 MD (map)

Date: Monday, June 13, 2022; the program runs from 10:30am to 5pm; the reception from 5 to 6pm.


Journalists Under Fire and the War in Ukraine
Violent threats on journalists: From the War in Ukraine to threats in Holland. Should Russian government speech be blocked? Are true facts about the war getting through to Russia? The perils of being a reporter covering the war.
Moderator: Jens van den Brink, Kennedy Van der Laan; Panelists: Giancarlo Fiorella, Bellingcat; and Pia Sarma, Times Newspapers; Derk Sauer, owner The Moscow Times

11:45am – 12:15pm
Coalition Against SLAPPs in Europe
Q&A with Charlie Holt who is leading efforts in Europe to adopt anti-SLAPP legislation.

12:15pm – 1:30pm
Lunch at Google

European Regulation of Social Media Platforms
How will the Digital Services Act apply to platforms, users, and the media? Will it create a “safer digital space” or chill speech?
Moderator: Feyo Sickinghe, Bird & Bird; Panelists: Paddy Leerssen, IVIR; Lotje Beek, Bits of Freedom; and Remy Chavannes, Brinkhof

2:45pm – 3:45pm
Right to Be Forgotten
How are news publishers and platforms implementing the right to be forgotten? Are press archives and search engines being censored? Are criminal records effectively being hidden?
Moderator: Dorien Verhulst, Brinkhof; Panelists: Adam Cannon, The Sun; and Chiara Garofoli, Google

4pm – 5pm
Group Vetting Exercise
Dutch, English, and other European laws applied to a hypothetical news article. Exploring differences in libel, privacy and hate speech laws.
Moderator: Dave Heller, MLRC

5pm – 6pm
Reception at Google

Registration: 190 Euros – includes lunch and reception

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