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posted by on April 5th, 2016

From the 6th to the 10th of April 2016 Perugia will host the X edition of the International Journalism Festival. All the events will have free entrance and live streaming. Speakers from 34 countries will meet along the main road of this beautiful medieval city, transformed into a global village of free information and journalism.

The festival will be the response to the urgent need to exchange information of those who are ready to put at risk their own lives to pursue this profession. Students, journalists, aspiring journalists, a peaceful army of 500 speakers in more than 200 events. All together in Perugia to affirm a unique and indispensable rights: freedom of expression.
A need which has become even more tangible after the massacre of Hebdo. To remember what happened in Paris, it will be shown to the public the documentary “Cabu, politically incorrect”, in memory of the cartoonist victim of the attack. The documentary is also the proof that freedom of expression should be the main bulwark even when fear seems to prevail.

There will be debates about privacy and surveillance, the use of selfie by politics. Among other topics, the experiment made by Salvatore Iaconesi, present at the Festival with his book “The cure” and the overwhelming amount of responses received when he published on the net his medical records that diagnosed a brain tumor. The war in Syria seen by the freelancers will be one of the great arguments. They will talk about censorship in Turkey, the war ignored in Yemen, and the tragedy of migrants.

Among the most expected names, there is is that of Edward Snowden, who on Friday 17 will take part (via Skype) to a debate about privacy and surveillance. Present, among others, Emily Bell (director of the Columbia Journalism School), Ewen MacAskill (The Guardian), Stefania Maurizi (L’Espresso), Marcel Rosenbach (Der Spiegel), Trushar Barot (BBC World Service), Madhav Chinnappa (Google), Mathew Ingram (Fortune), Craig Silverman (Buzzfeed Canada).

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