Programme and Invitation: International Symposium "Freedom of Information and Journalism – an Effective Research Tool?" 28 October 2019 in Potsdam

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BlauArt Tagungshaus
Werderscher Damm 8
14471 Potsdam

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Data protection information

In addition to claims for information under press laws, journalists are increasingly using Freedom of Information legislations – especially for long term or investigative projects. In international comparison, however, this happens in a myriad of ways. What factors determine the success of journalistic research based on Freedom of Information laws?

During the International Symposium experts from Europe will offer insights into their experiences. The Symposium will be held in English and German. Simultaneous translation will be provided. Everybody is cordially invited to take part in the discussion.

As seating is limited please register as soon as possible, at the latest by 18 October 2019. Registration is on “first come, first serve” basis. The organizer does not provide accommodation for participants and does not reimburse any travel expenses. Participants are kindly requested to make their own travel arrangements.

We intend to make a list of participants available to the participants of the event. When you register, please let us know whether we are allowed to include your name and institution in the list. You can find further information on data processing on our website.


9:00 am

Dagmar Hartge
Brandenburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Access to Information, Kleinmachnow (DE)

Welcoming Speech
Dr. Jan Bodanowitz
President of the Administrative Court Potsdam, Potsdam (DE)

9:30 am

The Effective Use by Journalists of the EU Law on Public Access to Documents
Graham Smith
Cabinet of the European Ombudsman, Brussels (BE)

Producing News Stories Sourced Through Freedom of Information Legislation.
Gavin Sheridan,, Dublin (IE)

11:00 am Coffee Break

11:30 am

Investigative Reporting Using FOI Legislation – Experiences from the Western Balkans
Ana Petruševa
Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Macedonia (BIRN), Skopje (MK)

How Independent Journalists and Citizens alike Use the Hungarian FOI Legislation
Tamás Bodoky – Watchdog NGO and Center for Investigative Journalism, Budapest (HU)

1:00 pm Lunch Break

2:00 pm

Data Journalism in Official Secrecy Country: Experiences from Austria
Markus Hametner
Forum Freedom of Information, Vienna (AT)

From Raw Data to News Stories: Open Data as a Prerequisite for Data Journalism?
Marie-Louise Timcke
FUNKE Central Editorial Office (Funke Interactive), Berlin (DE)

3:30 pm Coffee Break

4:00 pm

Panel with all Speakers
Benjamin Lassiwe (Presentation)
Brandenburg State Press Conference Association, Potsdam (DE)

5:00 pm

Closing Remarks
Dagmar Hartge

End of Programme

Refreshments and Snacks