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The Importance of a Free Media in the Fight Against Corruption

October 22-23, 2003
Radisson SAS Grand Hotel

Wednesday, October 22
09:30 Opening session

Ambassador Rolf Baltzersen, Royal Norwegian Embassy
Konstantin Palikarski, Secretary, Anti-Corruption Coordination Commission, Council of Ministers

Keynote address
Judge Eva Joly, Special Adviser to the Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs of Norway

09:40 First session

The significance of journalism in disclosing corruption
Rune Ottosen, Professor, School of Journalism in Oslo

Moderator: Boyko Todorov, Program Director, Center for the Study of Democracy


11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 Libel legislation - Expert Panel Discussion

Krassimir Dobrev, Investigative journalist, SEGA daily
Yassen Boyadjiev, Program Director, Info Radio
Vassil Vassilev, Attorney at Law, Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights

Moderator: Prof. Rune Ottosen


13:00 Lunch for the participants.
Venue: Flannagans, Radisson SAS

Second session

How to survive as an investigative newspaper - Expert Panel Discussion

Stanimir Vuglenov, Investigative Journalist, 24 Chasa Daily

Prof. Rune Ottosen
Zoya Dimitrova, Chair, Bulgarian Association of Investigative Journalists
Rumyana Emanuilidu, Journalist, Dnevnik daily

Moderator: Georgi Apostolov, Coordinator, Media Group, Coalition 2000

Thursday, October 23

General public's right to knowledge of the work of the administration. The viewpoint of the administration. The Norwegian experience

Kathrine Kjelland, Head of Information, Norwegian Ministry of Justice

The Bulgarian Access to Public Information Law. How is it practiced? The viewpoint of the Bulgarian NGO sector

Gergana Zhuleva, Executive Director, Access to Information Program Foundation

Moderator: Dimitar Sotirov, Executive Director, Bulgarian Media Coalition

10:45 Coffee break
11:15 Closing session

Investigative journalism - the disclosure of large scale corruption: case studies

Philip van Niekerk, Consultant on Good Governance and Anti-Corruption
Anne Mette Dyrnes, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Norwegian Ministry of Justice
Georgi Apostolov, Coordinator, Media Group, Coalition 2000

Moderator: Ognian Zlatev, Executive Director, Media Development Center

12:00 Coffee break
13:00 The Paris Declaration: the New International Anti-Corruption Agenda - lecture of Eva Joly


Working languages: English and Bulgarian

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