Area Storsalen
Organizer ISFiT
Date 13. February
Time 18:00 - 19:30
Ticket Free entrance
Age limit 18 (student), 20 (non-student)

ISFiT: Press freedom under pressure // Storsalen

What consequences do journalists' inability to report freely on societal conditions have?

Journalists' ability to be able to freely report on societal conditions is fundamental in any and every democracy. Their reports on various issues are vital to inform the citizens about the government’s actions and to hold them accountable to the people. This makes press freedom a pillar in a well functioning democracy. Nevertheless we see that press freedom is under vicious attack around the world. Reporters Without Borders’ 2022 Press Freedom Index shows that a record number of 28 countries are now ranked as “very bad”. What kind of consequences does this have for democracy? How did we get here, and what are the solutions?

To discuss these important questions we have the 2023 Student Peace Prize winner DOXA Magazine.

DOXA Magazine

Doxa Magazine is the winner of the 2023 Student Peace Prize. They are an online student-led magazine founded in 2017 in Moscow. Their work is exposing corruption and sexual harassment at universities, documenting state persecution, and fighting government disinformation. In spite of Russia’s increasing authoritarianism, DOXA continues to fight for press freedom and freedom of expression, even though they are faced with threats and persecution. Their work has shown to the world the reality and consequences of Russian censorship as they report on the situation for students who are politically persecuted, censored due to their academic work, or expelled from institutions for raising criticism.

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