The project Planeta UAB: The Journey to the Other – Equal in Differences and the Master’s in Travel Journalism are organising the conference In Defence of Information, a virtual meeting to discuss and reflect on press freedom, the right to access information and the exercise of quality journalism with non-governmental organisations and long-standing initiatives. The event, which will include the participation of Reporters without Borders, Amnesty International, Open Arms, UNHCR and the Universitat Internacional de la Pau, will take place on Friday 16 April, from 12.30 to 17.30 Spain.
The day will begin with a presentation of the initiatives and work carried out by Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends access to news and information so that citizens can “know, understand and develop an opinion on what is at stake in the world and their environment”. It was created in 1995 with the aim of promoting journalistic freedom, pluralism and independence.
The second block will feature the participation of Amnesty International, “a global, independent organisation of more than 10 million people who act against injustice by defending human rights around the world”.
The dialogue will then move on to Open Arms, a non-profit organisation that operates in the Mediterranean Sea to protect people who try to reach European coasts fleeing from their countries due to war, poverty or persecution. They also promote education and knowledge about freedom, equality and migratory rights.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will engage in the fourth dialogue of the day to share its actions and achievements. The agency, which has been leading and coordinating refugee protection worldwide since 1950, is tasked with providing vital assistance to refugees, asylum seekers, stateless or displaced persons and ensuring that their rights are respected.
The meeting will close with the participation of the Universitat de la Pau, an institution founded in 1984 with “the aim of creating the conditions and facilitating the necessary tools for training, debate, reflection and the exchange of opinions and experiences on conflict and peace-building”.