De Balie
Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10
Amsterdam, Noord-holland 1017 RR Netherlands
+ Google Map
21 Sep
14:30 - 17:00
Event Website https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-access-denied-click-to-claim-your-civic-space-70264447855
RNW Media
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
21 Sep @ 14:30 - 17:00

RNW Media SPEAK!ng

Access Denied: Click to claim your civic space

RNW Media creates and maintains digital platforms in restrictive settings that enable young women and men from across political, ethnic, racial, regional or religious divides to come together in a way which is often impossible in the offline space.  These platforms function as alternative online civic spaces – and can also come under threat from illiberal regimes. Network disruptions and large-scale shut-downs have become increasingly common in recent years and RNW Media is joining forces with organisations working to extend and defend digital rights around the world.

As part of a range of activities in support of SPEAK 2019, RNW Media is hosting an event at de Balie in Amsterdam focusing on digital access in restrictive settings. In partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the event will bring together a panel of experts to discuss the challenges and potential solutions while RNW Media colleagues from Africa and MENA will share on-the-ground realities of digital rights violations

The event will conclude with the opportunity to network with top donors, thinkers and activists fighting for (online) civic space.

Guillermo Beltrà , Policy Director, Access Now

Clara Bosco, Senior Advisor on Civil Society Resourcing, CIVICUS

Alzubayr Busaeidah, Editor, Huna Libya (RNW Media’s project in Libya)

Rawan Elmuntaser, Editor, Huna Libya (RNW Media’s project in Libya)

Bahia Tahzib-Lie, Human Rights Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Michele Ernsting, Director Programme Development & Global Networks, RNW Media

Rodriguez Katsuva, Editor, Habari RDC/Amour Afrique (RNW Media’s projects in DR Congo)

Leon Willems, Director, Free Press Unlimited

Laila Al-Zwaini, Moderator, Arabist & Jurist

SPEAK! is a global campaign to help give a voice to everyone, everywhere. Introduced by CIVICUS and launched for the first time in 2017, the campaign has provided a platform for people across the world to “speak out” on the issues that matter most to them. In 2018, in the face of increasing social and political polarisation, the campaign created opportunities for people and communities to come together across lines of division and “speak with” each other — helping resolve conflicts, create connections and build understanding. 

In 2019, SPEAK!  (20-21 September) is introducing the SPEAK! Regional Champions programme to “help bring the campaign to life”. SPEAK! Champions will lead the campaign in their communities, engaging at least 3 other organisations to hold events or collaborate on a joint event.  

If you’d like to know more about RNW Media’s participation in the Speak! 2018 Campaign, please download the SPEAK! Campaign Report