Freedom of Speech celebrates 250 years

Freedom of Speech 250 years
Hosted by Embassy of Sweden, Washington
 
How Free is Freedom of Press Today? 
In 1766 Sweden’s Parliament passed the world’s first Freedom of the Press Act and abolished censorship of all printed publications, including those imported from abroad.
 
In light of this 250 year anniversary, on December 2, the Embassy of Sweden and the Newseum have organized an event in House of Sweden about the importance of freedom of the press. The program will begin a dialogue that explores how communication has changed in two and a half centuries and will attempt to define what the terms “communication” and “journalism” mean today. The program also will explore the impact social media platforms and other evolving communications technologies have had on free speech. 
 
PROGRAM 
December 2, 2016 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
3:00 pm
Welcome Remarks 
 
3:05 – 3:45 pm
From the Printed Word to the Digital Era – The History of the Free Press 
Moderator:
Marvin Kalb, Journalist for over 30 years and Harvard professor, nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Panelists:
Jeffrey Herbst, President and CEO of Newseum 
Fredrick Karén, Editor in Chief of Svenska Dagbladet, Swedish daily newspaper
 
3:45 – 4:30 pm
The New Model of Journalism – the impact of social media, the rise of “citizen journalists”and the importance of targeted marketing
Moderators:
Filip Hammar or Fredrik Wikingsson, TV-hosts and stars of biggest Podcast in Sweden 
Panelists:
Cally Baute, Executive Director, Politico 
Sam Sweeney, Television Reporter, Good Morning Washington, WJLA-TV
Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Foreign Affairs Reporter, Huffington Post  
 
4:30 – 5:15 pm
Do You Dare to Print? – the Dangers of Journalism Today
Moderator:
Monica Enqvist, Press Counselor, Embassy of Sweden
Panelists: 
Janet Steele, Associate Professor of Journalism at the School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
Elise Foley, Immigration reporter, Huffington Post
Sanna Björling, Foreign Correspondent, Dagens Nyheter, Swedish daily newspaper 
 
5:15 – 6:00 pm
Networking Reception  
Opportunity to see the exhibition ‘Sweden’s Freedom of the Press Unfolded’ by Swedish Institute, currently on display in House of Sweden
 
6:00 – 8:00 pm
An example of freedom of speech 2016 
On stage LIVE Podcast Production with renowned Swedish TV-hosts and journalists 
Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson  
 
Location
House of Sweden, 2900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007 
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Can’t join us in House of Sweden? Ask your questions to our panels via Twitter by tagging @SwedeninUSA and using #DefendingFreeSpeech.   
 
The event will be live streamed through youtube.com/EmbassyofSweden.