How Free is Freedom of Press Today? In 1766 Sweden’s Parliament passed the world’s first Freedom of the Press Act and abolished censorship of all printed publications, including those imported from abroad.
In light of this 250 year anniversary, on December 2, the Embassy of Sweden and the Newseum have organized an event in House of Sweden about the importance of freedom of the press. The program will begin a dialogue that explores how communication has changed in two and a half centuries and will attempt to define what the terms “communication” and “journalism” mean today. The program also will explore the impact social media platforms and other evolving communications technologies have had on free speech.
The event ends with a live podcast production with Swedish TV-hosts and journalists Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson.
Göran Lithell, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Sweden
Sarah Sewall, U.S. Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
Marvin Kalb, Journalist for over 30 years and Harvard professor, nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Filip Hammar or Fredrik Wikingsson, TV-hosts and stars of biggest Podcast in Sweden
Monica Enqvist, Press Counselor, Embassy of Sweden
Opportunity to see the exhibition ‘Sweden’s Freedom of the Press Unfolded’ by Swedish Institute, currently on display in House of Sweden
On stage LIVE Podcast Production with renowned Swedish TV-hosts and journalists Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson
Registration and Coffee from 2:30 p.m.
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The event will be live streamed through youtube.com/EmbassyofSweden.
This event is hosted in collaboration with Newseum.