The German Parliament
The German Foreign Ministry
In cooperation with:
The Berlin Freedom of Expression Forum
A Video Keynote Speech by the Hon. Frank William La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to freedom of Opinion and Expression (more)
A Moderated Discussion with Ribal Al Assad (Founder & Chairman of the Iman Foundation) (more)
We dedicate the conference in the honor of the "Four Freedoms" Speech addressed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's to Congress on January 6th, 1941
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of Worship
Freedom from Want
Freedom from Fear
Event IntroductionThe “Berlin Freedom of Expression Forum” is an annual conference on the issue of “Freedom of Expression”. The aim of the conference this year is to reflect on the concepts of “freedom” and “censorship” and look at both past and potential challenges to realizing complete freedom of expression”. Focusing on the role of the media, “The Berlin Freedom of Expression Forum” will evaluate the tools in which freedom of expression can take place.
With the transition from the traditional bi-polar international structure towards a more multi-polar world understanding state perspectives, different cultures and different traditions is important if the international system is to remain stable. The concept of “Freedom of Expression” is becoming more relevant as more states gain influence within the system as a whole. Looking at each state, it is clear that there is no one objective definition of the concept and recent world events, such as the “Arab Spring” and the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, have highlighted the importance of discussing the significance of freedom of expression as a whole. This conference aims to approach these issues and evaluate the role of technology, the disparities and trends in press freedom, democracy and censorship, and the role of social media.
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Certificate of AttendanceAll participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which provides details about the speakers and topics at the conference.
Participant Papers »The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encourages research and progressive thought on the fields of culture, globalization, and international relations. As such, the ICD welcomes participants of the conference to submit relevant papers addressing topics within these fields particular to their interests and passions. Participants can submit papers written in the past for other purposes or ongoing research, or written specifically for the conference. Groups of students are also allowed to submit collaborative pieces of work.
Founded loosely on the 1776 American Declaration of Independence, in which “liberty” is regarded as an inalienable right, the academic field of International Relations has explored the many arguments surrounding “freedom”. In today’s rapidly globalizing world, the meaning of “Freedom of Expression” and the consequences it has on personal, national and international relationships, however, is becoming more and more significant and as such The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy regards the issue as one of much importance.
In discussing the issues that surround the concept of “Freedom of Expression, issues such as freedom as an inalienable right, the consequences of such freedom and the right to censorship, The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy hopes to facilitate new tools to promote international relationships and cooperation in a globalized world. The Conference seeks to achieve a deeper understanding of the complexities and the importance of “freedom of expression” in an expanding international system.