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.
2:30pm – 3:00pm Registration and Swedish FIKA
3:00 Welcome, Göran Lithell, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Sweden
3:05 Key Remarks, Sarah Sewall, U.S. Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
3:05 – 3:45 pm From the Printed Word to the Digital Era – The History of the Free Press
Moderator: Marvin Kalb, Journalist for over 30 years and Harvard professor, nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Panelists: Jeffrey Herbst, President and CEO of Newseum Fredrick Karén, Editor in Chief of Svenska Dagbladet, Swedish daily newspaper
3:45—4:30 pm The New Model of Journalism – the impact of social media, the rise of “citizen journalists”and the importance of targeted marketing
Moderators: Filip Hammar or Fredrik Wikingsson, TV-hosts and stars of biggest Podcast in Sweden
Panelists: 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 pm Do You Dare to Print?—the Dangers of Journalism Today
Moderator: Monica Enqvist, Press Counselor, Embassy of Sweden
Panelists: 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
5:15pm - 6:00pm Networking Reception
6:00pm - 8:00pm On Stage: LIVE Podcast production (in English)
With Swedish TV-hosts and journalists Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson
This event is hosted in collaboration with Newseum.
Event registration and photo ID required for admission.