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Ghana, May 2018 – The EU Delegation to Ghana, Media4Democracy and the Center For European Studies of the University of Ghana will contribute to events  at the 25th World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) UNESCO global conference (2-3 May), adding a comparative perspective from Europe.

Media4Democracy and the EU Delegation are sponsoring the contribution of Ms. Helen Darbishire, a top expert in Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, to the UNESCO panel Right to information: How can freedom of Information laws contribute to sustainable development in Africa?

The day after the UNESCO conference, on 4 May, The Center for European Studies (CES) in cooperation with the EU Delegation in Ghana and Media4Democracy will host a lecture and student debate on ‘Press Freedom, Freedom of Expression, and Access to Information: International obligations & current challenges for Ghana. Ms Darbishire will lead and moderate the debate and Professor Ransford Gyampo, CES Director, will chair the session. This WPFD side event will be held at 10 am – 1 pm at the law faculty Law Faculty Conference Hall, University of Ghana.

 MAIN SPEAKER: Ms Helen Darbishire, International Expert / Media4Democracy

CHAIR: Professor Ransford Gyampo, Director, CES

DISCUSSANTS: Ms Fatou Jagne, West Africa Director, Article 19

Mr Gilbert Sendugwa, African Freedom of Information Centre

Mr Seth Abloso, Head of Ghana RTI Coalition

Dr Roland Affail Monney, President Ghana Journalists Association

Participants: Students, media actors, academics, international and regional experts, Ghanaian civil society, diplomatic missions, UNESCO WPFD conference participants.

Follow WPFD events on #WPFD2018 and Media4Democracy activities on Twitter handle @media4dem

Contact: caroline.giraud@media4democracy.eu

The EU is an official partner of the UNESCO WPFD event hosted by the Government of Ghana in Accra, Ghana under the theme ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’. See conference website: https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldpressfreedomday/2018 .