Welcome to Malmö, Sweden, 15-16 Sept 2018.

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• Speed Network with colleagues
• Participate in workshops
• Get international outlooks
• Take part of inspirational highlights
• Immerse yourself in visual experiences
• Learn from professionals
• Arrive early and participate in the meet-and-greet  Friday evening
• Or be a volunteer and help out during the weekend.

Check out the confirmed speakers!

The Nordic Freelance meetup 2018, organized by Swedish Freelancers, comes with a heavy headline: ”Hate, Threats, Safety, Risk Assessment and Digital Self Defense, for Independent Media Workers”.

Online threats, troll-campaigns, ”fake news” and orchestrated attacks on the media and digital communication channels for organizations have become part of our working environment.

This last year has seen several journalists in Europe, as well as all over the world, threatened, arrested, and even killed when doing their work. We have also seen the faked murder of a reporter. On 20/4 2018,  the organization EFJ, the European Federation of Journalists, called for the protection of Investigative Journalists in EuropeAt our meetup Renate Schroeder will represent EFJ.

Saturday morning editor Daniel Poohl, from the Swedish magazine Expowill speak about how media, organizations and commercial companies can work against extremism. Hanna Andersson from Fojo, Sweden, will talk about the Democracy Hotline, and the governmentally supported work to protect Free Speech. We will also meet with representatives of the Police and the Swedish authority for support to crime victims, Brottsoffermyndigheten.

Our first Keynote Speaker, on Saturday, will be Freelance Journalist Alexandra Pascalidou. The video below (in Swedish, sorry) shows Alexandra Pascalidou talking to a person who hated and threatened her during many years, when he was an active Neo-Nazi. He came forward last year and asked her for forgiveness. She decided to meet him.

Saturday afternoon, professor Aske Kammer, Denmark, will tell us more about how the digital platforms have changed power structures inside and outside the media. Photographer Kyrre Lien, Norway, will talk about how he visited internettrolls around the globe, for his documentary project Internet Warriors, made a film and published a fascinating photo book about it. Jack Werner, writer, poddmaker and journalist, will talk together with professor and writer Bengt af Klintberg on how and why ”fake news” and ”urban myths” can go viral on social media.

Sunday we will meet photographers and reporters who freelance abroad, often in ”unsafe” environments.

Michael Hutchinson-Reis will give us practical instructions on opportunities and risks when working as a Freelancer in a diverse and multicultural context. Urban Hamid will talk about how to get support when in trouble abdroad or when threatened and in need of protection. Anna Roxvall will talk about her travels to several countries in Africa and how she became the co-founder of a book company. We will also discuss visual storytelling and how photos and illustrations can help uphold and create stereotypes and prejudice and dehumanize groups of people. Hopefully we will also talk about podcasting and how to publish your own books.

Registration and participation is open via this link – freelance members of the Journalist Federations in Scandinavian Countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) get a subventioned price (Yes, we will check that you are really a member!) This year we also open a possibility for employed journalists, communication and information workers, as well as journalist students, to participate.

Check out the Program and Schedule.

Conference Organizer:
Frilans Riks part of the Swedish Journalist Federation Journalistförbundet / Frilans

with the support of
Malmö Stad
Stieg Larssons stiftelse


For the specially interested: below a fantastic series of online classes in safety for reporters, by the organization Rory Peck Trust.

More information about the Rory Peck Trust classes via this link.