Saturday, March 21, 2015


World Forum of Free Media (WFFM) is a part of the World Social Forum

4th World Forum of Free Media

From 22 to 28 March 2015, Tunis

The 4th edition of the World Forum of Free Media (WFFM) will take place from March 22nd to 28th. This new edition begins two days before the World Social Forum and continues for the duration of it. The World Forum of Free Media was born as part of the World Social Forum through the encounter between activists in favor of freedom of expression and those engaged in the struggle for a different kind of information. These activists are involved in the history of countless experiences and in struggles fought by alternative media for the recognition of the right to communication.
This 4th edition is held two years after the last edition of WFFM that gathered bloggers, journalists, popular communicators, associations, audiovisual producers, developers, hackers and academic and independent researchers in Tunis.
Freedom of expression, monopolization of knowledge, internet governance, the role of community radio stations, the re-appropriation of information, the issues around free software... are all themes that will be addressed at this 4th Forum.
This next edition of WFFM will also be the opportunity to participate in the construction of the World Charter of Free Media, which is a tool of struggle and advocacy for the various structures and organizations throughout the world which defend freedom of expression and the right to communication.
Guarantees and violations of freedom of expression and right to communicate in the world and in the Maghreb-Mashreq region.

4PM: The fight for another communication and the World Charter of Media Free
Presentation of the dynamic of WFFM and discussion on the free media articulating perspectives
and the role of the World Charter as a struggle and mobilization tool.

11 am: Roundtable: “Drawing as tool of resistance, strengths and limitations”
The objective of this roundtable is to discuss with Tunisian, Moroccan, Brazilian and French cartoonists on the strengths and limitations of the cartoon: what is its role in the information process? What are its advantages? How can we consider it as a tool of resistance? On the other hand, cartoon asks questions as: forms of humor are universal when reference systems are not? How to avoid misinterpretations of messages? Under what conditions the cartoon can become counterproductive
and what can be done? Through their experiences, cartoonists and journalists will discuss these issues who question their daily practices and will demonstrate their use of drawing as a medium to comment, criticize and enlighten through laughter current events and serious or even dramatic situations.

March 28th

Convergences Assembly for the Right to Communication (World Forum of Free Media)
The right of peoples and of every person to communicate is fundamental to the construction of just, free and democratic societies. But today the exercise of this right is threatened by economic power, subject to market interests and, in many countries, is denied by totalitarian governments. The access to media and technology resources, as well as the conditions under which they are provided, are determining factors for popular participation in contemporary society and for the population

awareness of the struggles that take place. The message "another world is possible," which comes from the struggles and alternatives encountered in the WSF process, depends on the full exercise of the right to communication to be part of the debate within society. Therefore, this right to communication is inseparable from all social struggles. Understanding this challenge, member associations of the World Forum of Free Media (E-Joussour, Ritimo, Ciranda, STRL, Panos Institute Novact, AMARC, Intervozes, Traversées, etc.), whose fourth edition will take place from

March 22nd to 28th in Tunis, invite all the movements and activists concerned about this issue and committed to the defense of freedom of expression, free internet and promotion of free media to participate in the Convergence Assembly on the right to communicate. It will be a time to build common strategies at the global level and face similar challenges in different parts of the world.
During the Assembly the World Charter of Free Media will be launched and adopted.
Participate in the construction of the Charter:

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