13th International Media Law School Commences
July 10 – Representatives of international technical assistance programs delivered opening remarks on, among other topics, freedom of speech and information and broadcast regulation at the opening ceremony of the Center for Democracy and the Rule of Law (CEDEM) International Media Law School. Twenty-one media lawyers from Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Moldova are attending the three-week training course in Kyiv, which runs until July 31.
The school’s agenda also addresses media organizations’ activities and protecting businesses’ reputations. Presenters at this year’s summer training course include Richard Winfield, co-founder and board member of the International Senior Lawyers Project in the United States; Natasha Pirč-Musar, former Slovenia Information Commissioner and expert of the Council of Europe; and Barbora Bukovsky, head of the ARTICLE 19 organization.
CEDEM director Taras Shevchenko, head of the Council of Europe’s Office in Ukraine Marten Ehnberg, and school alumni Olha Luchka from Internews, and Maryna Bezkorovaina from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office in Ukraine delivered welcome remarks. Speakers highlighted the importance of learning basic legal principles related to media freedom, developing an international media attorneys’ community, and active, worldwide discussion of freedom of speech.
This year’s summer school is supported by the USAID U-Media project administered by Internews and Council of Europe projects, Media Freedom in Ukraine, and Strengthening Freedom of Media and Establishing the Public Broadcasting System in Ukraine.
More on the Center for Democracy and the Rule of Law’s website in Ukrainian.