Preidentification mission on Freedom of Expression and the Role of Media in Lao PDR
Governance, economic, social development
Amount: € 20.000
The overall objective of the study is to assist the European Commission and the Government of Laos in the preparation of the first WG meeting. The specific objective is to carry out an assessment of the situation and issues regarding the Press and Information in Laos. The expert will help identify project ideas and assess their feasibility. S/he will produce also 2 short papers on the European perspective concerning “Access to information and quality control” and “Concepts and principles of freedom of expression” and make a presentation at the Press and Information Workshop based on these papers.The one day Press and Information Workshop will bring together around 30-40 participants: 15-20 Vientiane based Lao journalists, Ministry of Information and Culture and other Institutions officials, as well as EC officials. The principal aim of the Workshop is to contribute to an open EC-Laos dialogue and discussions at professionals’ level, in order to help enrich the official dialogue and explore avenues to enhance the freedom of expression and the role of the media in the country. The Workshop is also meant to result 2 working papers from the EC recruited expert and concrete recommendations to be discussed at the official WG Meeting.