2nd May 2019 – World Press Freedom Day: Through and LGBTQ+ Lens
BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London. W1A 1AA.
In 2019, there are still 75 countries worldwide that have anti-LGBT+ laws on their statute books.
Of that number, 73 criminalise homosexuality, while consensual same-sex sexual acts are punishable by death in seven of those nations. Two more countries – Russia and Lithuania – have anti-gay ‘propaganda’ legislation.
Amid so much progress globally for LGBT+ rights in the last 20 years, there are millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people whose voices are rarely heard, and whose stories are seldom told.
For journalists and editors reporting on LGBT+ rights and communities in these countries, what are the challenges they face? How is press freedom curtailed? And how can LGBT+ people and allies working in UK media best support their peers and colleagues abroad?
To mark UNESCO’s annual World Press Freedom Day, Hugo Greenhalgh – the editor of Openly – will moderate a panel of experts who will talk about their experiences and knowledge of LGBT+ reporting in restrictive locations, and the obstacles facing those who seek to reflect diversity of sexuality and gender identity in their output.
Please register for a free ticket at https://worldpressfreedom.eventbrite.co.uk