Freedom of speech debated on Creators Conference
A conference on freedom of speech, technology and authors’ rights, organised under the High Patronage of the European Parliament, will take place on 20 February 2013 at the Theatre du Vaudeville in Brussels, Belgium. It is entitled ‘Creators Conference 2013’.
The opening plenary session of the conference is called ‘Your voice — your rights’. In this session Yekaterina Samutsevich from Pussy Riot, Anna-Maria Darmanin, Vice-President of EU’s European Economic and Social Committee, and Ole Reitov, Freemuse Programme Manager, will be discussing whether there is a link between authors’ rights, especially the moral rights, and freedom of speech. The three speakers have also been asked to explore what Europe can do in order to serve as a pole of attraction for creation and freedom of art.
The session is moderated by Alfons Karabuda, the Swedish Chairman of the European Composer & Songwriter Alliance (ECSA), and it contains a prerecorded video message from UN Special Rapporteur for Cultural Rights, Ms. Farida Shaheed, who will be publishing a UN-report on freedom of artistic expression later this year.
Due to travel restrictions, Ms Yekaterina Samutsevich from Russia has been forced to participate only via videoconferencing.