Hungry For Press Freedom ?
To draw attention to the continued persecution of journalists, whistleblowers, and publishers worldwide, a group of concerned citizens in Brussels presents a series of events in the heart of the European capital.
‘Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; …to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers’ (Article 19).
We still live in a world where publishing certain facts or expressing ones views can lead to serious human rights violations. And we don’t have to leave the European continent to see how Article 19 is systematically being disregarded by some of the same European states that once ratified it.
Daphne Galizia, Stephanie Gibaud, Rui Pinto, Julian Assange, to name a few, are whistle blowers, journalists and publishers who have been persecuted, tortured and even killed for revealing criminal activity including the murder of innocent civilians (see link below).
The very essence of democracy is at stake when people are being punished for exposing crimes, while those who committed the crimes, are protected.
It also hampers the crucial progress many of us desire. If we want to address climate change, poverty, terrorism, mass surveillance, etc. we must begin to understand their root causes. In order to do this, it is imperative that we have uncensored access to reliable information. This means protecting and supporting a free press.
Hungry for Press Freedom consists of several parts :
A month long hunger strike performance where actors -each on 24 hour shifts, are confined to a small prison cell, under the surveillance of another actor, the prison guard. The cell is visible for passerby’s to see.
A meeting point where people interested in human rights, are invited to network, exchange ideas, and get creative.
Various talks, debates, performances, workshops, and film screenings to engage with the public and create dialogue.
A lounge space with library where people can inform themselves.
An ever evolving dedicated exhibition to which people are invited to contribute.
By organizing this event we hope to awaken the public’s interest in everyone’s right to information, freedom of expression and freedom of the press.