Credibility is the greatest asset of any news medium, and impartiality is the greatest source of credibility

  • To provide the most complete report, a news organization must not just cover the news, but uncover it.
  • It must follow the story wherever it leads, regardless of any preconceived ideas on what might be most newsworthy.
  • The pursuit of truth is a noble goal of journalism. But the truth is not always apparent or known immediately. Journalists’ role is therefore not to determine what they believe at that time to be the truth and reveal only that to their readers, but rather to report as completely and impartially as possible all verifiable facts so that readers can, based on their own knowledge and experience, determine what they believe to be the truth.
  • When a newspaper delivers both news and opinions, the impartiality and credibility of the news organization can be questioned. To minimize this as much as possible there needs to be a sharp and clear distinction between news and opinion, both to those providing and consuming the news.
  • A newspaper has five constituencies, including first its readers, then advertisers, then employees, then creditors, then shareholders. As long as the newspaper keeps those constituencies in that order, especially its readers first, all constituencies will be well served.

Walter Hussman Jr., publisher of 10 daily newspapers, including Arkansas Democrat Gazette. The University of North Carolina, chapel Hills journalism school.

Phone for information

+7 (495) 932-89-58

About the forum

“Media Forum 2019: Freedom of Journalism in the Context of Human Rights, New Technologies and International Information Security”

From November 20 to 22, Prague will play host to the Second International “Media Forum 2019: Freedom of Journalism in the Context of Human Rights, New Technologies and International Information Security”. International media experts, journalists, diplomats, lawyers and political analysts will address the most pressing issues in the world of the media and try to secure fundamental solutions. More than 80 experts from around the globe are scheduled to participate in the media forum.

Paradoxically, in the era of advanced technologies and highly developed economic systems the global community is existing in the conditions of total vulnerability. The trends which seemed inspiring before, have yielded unexpected results: globalization has aggravated local conflicts, tolerance has laid bare the issue of values and meanings, multiculturalism has brought forth the subject of identity and tradition. Finally, the question about the "power of law" and "the law of power" has come to the fore.

The world has entered an era of ideological multipolarity. This was acknowledged by Francis Fukuyama, the author of the End of History. “What I said back then (in 1992) is that one of the problems with modern democracy is that it provides peace and prosperity but people want more than that... liberal democracies do not even try to define what a good life is, it’s left up to individuals, who feel alienated, without purpose, and that’s why joining these identity groups gives them some sense of community. This extended period, in which a certain set of ideas about the benefits of unregulated markets took hold, in many ways it’s had a disastrous effect.”

Are the media ready to appropriately reflect the new reality that challenges much of what is known as the “mainstream”? This is the subject of the session "Contemporary Journalism in the New Ideological Multipolarity."

100 years ago, Max Weber, in his famous address to the students, spoke about the growing discrepancy between a scientist’s mission and the new requirements he has to meet. The search for the truth began to be ousted by the applied effectiveness of the acquired knowledge. Isn’t something similar happening to modern media now as we witness their undisguised commercialization and bias? And how to retrieve public confidence in the media? Walter Hussman, a regional publisher in the USA, believes that “the solution is for reporters, editors and news executives to look inward, and not only to recommit ourselves to being fair, objective and impartial in our reporting, but to convince the public we are doing it”. We also need to separate and clearly label news and opinion.

How is this result achieved and what does the journalist do to achieve it? Finally, do the boundaries between traditional and new media coincide with the concepts of responsibility and irresponsibility of journalism? This and other issues, which are connected with a journalist’s duty, will be the subject of the discussion in the sessions "The Contemporary World and the Accountability of Journalism" and "Journalism of the Post-Information Era, or "the Golden Age of Misinformation ".

The Internet and the new information technologies have provided humanity with an ocean of opportunities, which is fraught with considerable danger and a lot of trouble. At present, cyber security issues affect nearly every user of the Net: be it an individual, a large corporation or a country. Fear of nuclear war is replaced with an equally destructive threat. Cyber wars have a tendency to grow - from point and local to large-scale and even global, with unpredictable consequences. How are cyber security issues presented in modern media? Experts will discuss these and other issues at the session "Information and Communication Technologies in the Media."

Greetings

On November 20-22, Prague will be hosting the 2nd “Media Forum-2019: journalistic freedom in the context of human rights, new technologies and international information security.”

Journalists, diplomats, lawyers and political scientists from around the world will discuss the most acute problems faced by the media in the modern world, and the ways of solving them.

More than 80 experts from various countries are scheduled to take part in the media forum.

In an era of cutting-edge technologies and advanced economic systems, the global community has paradoxically found itself in a situation of total vulnerability. Tendencies, which once seemed inspirational, have led to unexpected results, as the globalization process exacerbated local conflicts; tolerance underscored the problem of values and meanings, and multiculturalism added new urgency to the issue of national identity and tradition. Finally, it brought to the fore the question of the “power of law” and the “right of the powerful.”

The participants will discuss the following subjects:

1st session: Modern-day journalism at a time of a new ideological multi-polarity

  • Liberalism is dead, long live liberalism?
    Discussion panel
  • Media, societal values and hyper-tolerance: do we need red lines?
  • Migration processes and the "new framework" of media freedom

2nd session: The contemporary world and journalistic responsibility

  • Sovereignty of the individual, sovereignty of the media and sovereignty of the state: in search of a balance.
  • "Will East meet West?": regional media and the role of corporate media

3rd session: Journalism in the post-information era, or the “golden age of misinformation”

  • New media and traditional media, blogosphere and social networks, fakes and deep-fakes
  • The dominance of the postmodern model of modern culture and its impact on the media
  • Formation of secondary media reality, destruction of institutions of national remembrance (rewriting history)

4th session: Information-communication technologies in media context

  • Artificial Intelligence and new technologies: a challenge to modern media
  • International information security and the way it is reflected in the media: do we know what cybersecurity is?
  • Internet and radicalization of the youth: how far have we gone?

Media accreditation address: podakina.k@skc-agency.ru

Telephone: +79671440604

Contact person: Ksenia Podakina

Program

November 19

Attendance, accommodation

November 20, 2019

10:00 – 10:30
registration of participants
10:30 – 12:00
Opening ceremony. The first plenary session: “Modern-Day journalism at a time of a new ideological multi-polarity”
  • "Liberalism is dead, long live liberalism?
    Discussion panel
  • Media, societal values and hyper-tolerance: do we need red lines?
  • Migration processes and the "new framework" of media freedom
12:00 – 12:30
coffee break
12:30 – 14.00
Continuation of the “Modern-Day journalism at a time of a new ideological multi-polarity” session.
14:00 - 15:00
lunch
15:00 – 18:00
Continuation of the “Modern-Day journalism at a time of a new ideological multi-polarity” session.
18:00 – 20:00
gala reception held by the organizers

November 21, 2019

10:00 - 12:00
“The contemporary world and journalistic responsibility”
  • Sovereignty of the individual, of the media and of the state: in search of a balance.
  • "Will East and West Meet?": Regional Media and the Role of Corporate Media
12:00 – 12.30
Coffee break
12:30 – 14:00
“Journalism in the post-information era, or the “golden age of misinformation”
  • New media and traditional media, blogosphere and social networks, fakes and deep-fakes
  • The dominance of the postmodern model of modern culture and its impact on the media
  • Formation of secondary media reality, destruction of institutions of national remembrance
14:00 – 15:00
Lunch
15:00 – 18:00
Continuation of the “Journalism in the post-information era, or the “golden age of misinformation” session.
18:00
Dinner

November 22, 2019

10:00 - 11:30
“Information-communication technologies in media context”
  • Artificial Intelligence and New Technologies: A Challenge to Modern Media
  • International Information Security and its media challenges: do we know what cybersecurity is?
  • Internet and radicalization of the youth: how far have we come?
11:30 – 12.00
Coffee break
12:00 – 15:00
Continuation of the “Information-communication technologies in media context” session.
15:00
Lunch