World Press Freedom Day: Through An LGBTQ+ Lens

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World Press Freedom Day: Through An LGBT+ Lens


In 2019, there are still 75 countries worldwide that have anti-LGBTQ+ laws on their statute books.

Of that number, 73 criminalise homosexuality, while consensual same-sex sexual acts are punishable by death in seven of those nations. Two more countries - Russia and Lithuania - have anti-gay 'propaganda' legislation.

Amid so much progress globally for LGBTQ+ rights in the last 20 years, there are millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people whose voices are rarely heard, and whose stories are seldom told.

For journalists and editors reporting on LGBTQ+ rights and communities in these countries, what are the challenges they face? How is press freedom curtailed? And how can LGBTQ+ people and allies working in UK media best support their peers and colleagues abroad?

To mark UNESCO's annual World Press Freedom Day, Hugo Greenhalgh - the editor of Openly - will moderate a panel of experts who will talk about their experiences and knowledge of LGBTQ+ reporting in restrictive locations, and the obstacles facing those who seek to reflect diversity of sexuality and gender identity in their output.

Our panel...

Owl Fisher - writer, journalist and film-maker

Mazharul Islam - LGBT activist, and pioneering founder board member of 'Boys of Bangladesh'

Megha Mohan - Gender and Identity Correspondent, BBC World Service

Peter Tatchell - director of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation

Sophie Wilkinson, writer and journalist


When? Thursday 2 May, 5.30pm to 9.30pm

Where? BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place – 7th floor space

Contact jonhholmes@hotmail.com for more information.

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