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MLRC European Media Lawyers Conference 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.

Save the Date: June 13, 2022!

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.

Program

10:30am-11:45am
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; Pia Sarma, Times Newspapers

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

1:30pm-2:30pm
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; Panelist: Paddy Leerssen, University of Amsterdam

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: George Freeman, MLRC

5pm – 6pm
Reception at Google

Registration: 190 Euros – includes lunch and reception

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