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Friday, June 14 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Do Exiled Media Have a future? A quest for building resilience and sustainability!

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This session is designed to help independent exiled media find solutions to a more resilient and sustainable future. These media groups are exiled by their home country due to conflict or censorship and are forced to (re-)locate and operate from foreign countries. These media are unique in their access within the country of origin and the stories they publish addressing human rights related themes. Yet, they face many challenges. Following a meeting among representatives of 12 exiled media organizations (including, among others, media for Iran, Sudan, China, Eritrea and more) in February 2019, a set of priority issues, opportunities and threats have been identified that exiled media face. Some are specific to individual cases, others are shared across the board. Priorities identified include: - Funding and business development; - Challenges (& opportunities) of distance reporting; - Online & offline security threats; - The role of tech. Organized by representatives of several exiled media groups, we aim to analyze these priority issues and next steps moving forward in the quest of building a resilient and sustainable future for exiled media across the globe together with key stakeholders, including: government, tech companies, funders and the media development sector.

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Suzanne Bakker

Radio Dabanga at Free Press Unlimited

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Rieneke Van Santen

Executive Director, Zamaneh Media
Active in the media development field. Director of an independent media for Iran and consultant in media and NGO management.

Friday June 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm BST
Oya 3 (Laico)