SEMINAR: How Free is Freedom of Press Today?

December 2, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
House of Sweden
2900 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007
Event registration and photo ID required for admission.
SEMINAR: How Free is Freedom of Press Today? @ House of Sweden | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

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.


3 p.m. Welcome

Göran Lithell, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Sweden

3:05 p.m. Key Remarks

Sarah Sewall, U.S. Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

3:10–3:45 p.m. From the Printed Word to the Digital Era – The History of the Free Press

Marvin Kalb, Journalist for over 30 years and Harvard professor, nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution


  • Jeffrey Herbst, President and CEO of Newseum
  • Fredrick Karén, Editor in Chief of Svenska Dagbladet, Swedish daily newspaper
3:45–4:30 p.m. The New Model of Journalism – the impact of social media, the rise of “citizen journalists” and the importance of targeted marketing

Filip Hammar or Fredrik Wikingsson, TV-hosts and stars of biggest Podcast in Sweden


  • Cally Baute, Executive Director, Politico
  • Sam Sweeney, Television Reporter, Good Morning Washington, WJLA-TV
  • Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Foreign Affairs Reporter, Huffington Post
4:30–5:15 p.m. Do You Dare to Print?—the Dangers of Journalism Today

Monica Enqvist, Press Counselor, Embassy of Sweden


  • Janet Steele, Associate Professor of Journalism at the School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
  • Elise Foley, Immigration reporter, Huffington Post
  • Sanna Björling, Foreign Correspondent, Dagens Nyheter, Swedish daily newspaper
5:15-6 p.m. Networking Reception

Opportunity to see the exhibition ‘Sweden’s Freedom of the Press Unfolded’ by Swedish Institute, currently on display in House of Sweden

6-8 p.m. An example of freedom of speech 2016

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.

The event will be live streamed through


This event is hosted in collaboration with Newseum.

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