«Only 'good journalism' can solve the problem of information wars»

Alison Smale, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

Phone for information

+7 (495) 932-89-58

About the forum

KEY OBJECTIVES

The purpose of the Forum is to identify common approaches and strike common ground within the international expert community on the following issues:

  • How social networks affect public consciousness: pro et contra
  • What is the role of international organizations and institutions (factors of "soft power", public diplomacy and NGOs) in protecting the rights of journalists and users?
  • What modern legislation, norm-setting and corporate regulations guarantee the rights of journalists and the media
  • How new technologies guarantee a new quality of information? How new technologies correlate with freedom of speech and the rights of journalists
  • How to protect the rights and guarantee safety to journalists working in hot spots
  • What are we witnessing in the sphere of information security: a time of peace or a period of war?

At least 100 top-class Russian and foreign experts in journalism, new media, social psychology, political science, cultural studies and international information security are expected to attend the Forum.

Greetings

From 3 to 5 December 2018 Bratislava (Slovakia) will host international Forum «Media Agenda-2018: Freedom of Journalism in the Context of Human Rights, New Technologies and International Information Security».

Freedom of journalism and human rights guarantees are issues that are acquiring particular relevance amid the rapidly developing information and communication technology. What makes these issues still more complicated is the mazy, contradictory and conflicting nature of modern politics and international relations.

Answering the question about the practice of modern information wars, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications Alison Smale, voiced the opinion that this problem can only be solved by «good journalism».

What is good journalism? How to maintain media's bias-free approach in the conditions of the so-called ‘mainstream’? How to prevent distortion of information and the creation of virtual events? In other words, how to ensure the user's right to bias-free content?

Program

December 3

08:00 – 08:30
Registration
09:00 – 09:30
Welcome address
09:30 – 11:00
Plenary session 1 “Freedom of Media and Pluralism in the Modern world”

(right to freedom of opinion and expression, issues of countering the abuses of freedom of journalism)

11:00 – 11.30
Coffee break
11:30 - 13:00
Plenary session 1 (cont.) “Freedom of Media and Pluralism in the Modern world”

(right to freedom of opinion and expression, issues of countering the abuses of freedom of journalism)

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch
14:00 – 15:30
Plenary session 2 “Fake news: challenges of timely identification and response”
15:30 – 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 – 18:00
Plenary session 2 (cont.) “Fake news: challenges of timely identification and response”
18:00 – 20:00
Formal reception

December 4

09:00 - 11:00
Plenary session 3 “Safety of Journalists”

(in military conflicts / investigation of crimes against journalists in peacetime)

11:00 – 11.30
Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00
Plenary session 3 (cont.) “Safety of Journalists”

(in military conflicts / investigation of crimes against journalists in peacetime)

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch
14:00 – 15:30
Plenary session 4 “Media and Authorities: Rights and Responsibilities”

(professional principles of Journalism, Journalism and Civil society)

15:30 – 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 – 18:00
Plenary session 4 (cont.) “Media and Authorities: Rights and Responsibilities”

(professional principles of Journalism, Journalism and Civil society)

18:00 – 19:00
Dinner
19:00 – 20:00
Concert by Nina Shatskaya

December 5

09:00 - 11:00
Plenary session 5 “Safety of use and resilience of Global Information Infrastructure”
11:00 – 11.30
Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00
Plenary session 5 (cont.) “Safety of use and resilience of Global Information Infrastructure”
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch
14:00 – 15:30
Plenary session 6 “Cultural diversity in the Modern world”
15:30 – 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 – 18:00
Plenary session 6 (cont.) “Cultural diversity in the Modern world”
19:00 – 21:00
Farewell Dinner