In Zagreb, researchers, journalists and policy-makers from Croatia and beyond have been meeting on October 4th and 5th to discuss Digital Freedom of Expression, and the challenges faced by public media services and non-profit media. (Here’s the conference agenda in Word and as a PDF.) OSF’s own recent Mapping Digital Media report for Croatia covers many of these issues, and you can read it here.
Since she couldn’t be in Zagreb in person, Rebecca Mackinnon – co-founder of Global Voices Online, former CNN correspondent, scholar and author – recorded a video message to conference participants, but we think it deserves a wider airing. In it, she urges the news media and journalists to place internet freedom on a par with press freedom – without a free and open internet, she argues, press freedom will face ever more severe threats.