1st International Journalism Conference in Tunis on 15, 16 and 17 November 2018

October 10, 2018

The International Journalism Conference, which each year brings together information professionals and the general public in Tours, is launching the Tunis International Journalism Conference.

This will be a biennial event, the first edition of which is to take place on 15, 16 and 17 November 2018 at the Tunis City of Culture and the Théâtre du 4e Art.

The second edition is already scheduled for autumn 2020, coinciding with the Francophone Heads of State summit, in conjunction with the 39th edition of the Assises de la Presse Francophone [Conference of the Francophone Press] organised by UPF Internationale [the International Francophone Press Union].

In close collaboration with publishers and journalists from Africa and the Mediterranean Basin, and also the Tunisian Committee of the Conference, bringing together Tunisian professional organisations, the Journalism & Citizenship association and its partners want the meeting to be not only demanding but to stand as a benchmark amongst stakeholders both north and south of the Mediterranean.
Major current challenges to democracy make this meeting an urgent necessity.

For this first edition, the organisers will welcome more than 200 contributors. 350 professional participants from the Mediterranean Basin, Africa, the European Union and the northern French-speaking area have already registered to date for the some 45 workshops, discussions and lectures. The exchanges are intended to enable the formulation of specific proposals aimed at promoting high-quality information in all the participating countries.

The general public is also invited to participate in the exchanges, particularly during the late-afternoon and evening discussions and meetings. The meetings will take place in French and Arabic.

Admission is free

The theme for this first edition, following on from the Tours Conference of last March, will be: “Citizen-friendly journalism".
Freedom of expression, journalism in crisis stricken countries and divergent views on migrants will also be a focus of these meetings, together with the need for action to promote Media and Information Education.

Around 45 workshops, lectures, discussions and public meetings will take place in French and Arabic.

The Tunis International Conference is organised by Journalism & Citizenship, with Open Media Hub, an UE programme implemented by the Fondation Thomson, CFI - the French media development agency -, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), the AFD, the International Francophone Press Union, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), UNESCO via the EU-supported NET-MED Youth project, the Hirondelle Foundation, Internews, the MediaHup Tunisian Media Support Programme, the Institut Français and the Maison des Journalistes, with editorial support from the AFP and France Médias Monde.

Registration for the Tunis Conference 2018

The programme for the Tunis Conference 2018