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Schedule and panellists

08.30 – Registration and Welcome Coffee

09.00 – Opening remarks – Caroline Muscat, Founder of The Shift

09.10 –  Message from Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament


09.15Panel Discussion 1 – Lawfare

Moderator: Caroline Muscat (The Shift)



10.00 – Q&A Session

10.15 – Coffee Break

10.35   Defamation and Protection of Sources Study – salient points – Damilola Ojuri, Thomson Reuters


10.45Panel Discussion 2 – Journalism in Jeopardy

Moderator: Herman Grech (Editor, The Times of Malta)



11.30 – Q&A Session

11.45 – Concluding remarks – Maria Ordzhonikidze, Director, Justice for Journalists Foundation

11.55 – Networking

12.30 – End of conference

The Shift is a community-funded online news portal based in Malta dedicated to investigative journalism and the defence of press freedom.

Born following the assassination of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, The Shift’s founders believe that there has never been a more urgent need in the country for journalism that speaks truth to power, without fear or favour – within a media landscape stifled by political interference and control. Our work is driven by the hope of leading to a fairer, more democratic society.

Copyright © 2020 Justice for Journalists, All rights reserved.

Justice for Journalists Foundation (JFJ) is a London-based non-governmental organisation. JFJ funds journalistic investigations into violent crimes against media workers and helps professional and citizen journalists to mitigate their risks. The foundation was established in August 2018 by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, founder of the Open Russia pro-democracy movement, an Amnesty International-recognised prisoner of conscience, and Putin’s most prominent critic, together with his former business partner, philanthropist, and member of the Free Russia Forum’s standing committee Leonid Nevzlin. 

Our mission is to facilitate journalists’ access to existing resources and make them relevant to the specifics of each region. We believe security is the essential basis for work in the media. We help journalists acquire the skills and knowledge to address their professional challenges. 

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