The European Festival of Journalism and Media Literacy to launch in Florence

The European Festival of Journalism and Media Literacy to launch in Florence

Debates, workshops and exhibitions on journalism today

Wed 28 Feb 2024 11:00 AM

From March 14 to 16, Florence will host the inaugural edition of the EU initiative Voices: European Festival of Journalism and Media Literacy at Stazione Leopolda. Voices will be a meeting place for journalists, media professionals, scholars and citizens of all ages, focusing on the fundamental role of journalism and a critical approach to our relationship with information.

The opening evening on March 14 will be entirely dedicated to press freedom in Italy. The following days of March 15 and 16 will be filled with activities and learning opportunities, featuring events in English and Italian. Debates, workshops for media professionals as well as citizens and their families, film screenings and exhibitions will contribute to stimulating reflections on key topics, including the challenges facing the world of journalism today, the impact of artificial intelligence on the media, misinformation, European elections and active citizenship, as well as challenges to individual well-being in the digital environment.

Speakers at “Voices”

Matthew Caruana Galizia
Mark Marginedas

The increasingly challenging conditions journalists face while carrying out their profession will be addressed in the debate ‘We are humans, hear our stories’ (in English with Italian translation), where we will hear the personal story of Matthew Caruana Galizia, a press freedom activist following the murder of his mother, Daphne, who was assassinated in 2017 for her investigations into Maltese government corruption. Other prominent participants include Mark Marginedas, Spanish journalist kidnapped by ISIS in 2013; Maura Gancitano, an Italian essayist and commentator, active in the field of dissemination; Elizabeth Milovidov, head of Digital Child Safety at the LEGO Group; and German journalist Georgine Kellerman, active in combating online hate speech.

The Friday evening will feature a screening of Io Capitano (2023), a film by Matteo Garrone relating two young Senegalese migrants’ journey to Europe. The screening will be followed by a debate on the importance of responsible and correct reporting on migration.

Access to Voices is free of charge and pre-registration is available online.

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