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Whose Media, Whose Interests? Ownership, Public Sphere and Online Space

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 18, 2016, 09:30 – 18:00

The aim of the conference is to critically reflect upon some of the main issues which currently surround debates about the performance of media in the Czech Republic and Central Europe in general, namely the changing models of media ownership, the independence of public service broadcasting, as well as the spreading of disinformation and propaganda via the social network sites.

The conference is jointly organized by the Václav Havel Library, Aspen Institute Prague and the Centre for the Study of Political Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, Charles University in Prague, with support from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford and Sekyra Group.

The conference was simultaneously translated into Czech.

9:30 Registration at Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome and Introduction
•    Michael Žantovský, Václav Havel Library
•    Pavel Bělobrádek, Deputy Prime Minister

10:15 – 12:15 Media ownership and journalistic autonomy (Video)
•    Keynote speaker: John Lloyd, Financial Times and Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

•    Panelists:
•    Matúš Kostolný, Editor-in-Chief, Daily N, Slovakia
•    Tamás Bodoky, Editor-in-Chief,, Hungary
•    Dalibor Balšínek, Editor-in-Chief Echo 24
•    Petr Kamberský, Lidové noviny
•    Roman Latuske, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, Economia, a.s

Moderator: Václav Štětka, Loughborough University

12:15 – 13:15 lunch break

13:15 – 15:15 The role and independence of public service media (Video)
•    Keynote speaker: Christian Nissen, Copenhagen Business School, fmr Director General of Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) and member of the EBU Administrative Council

•    Panelists:

•    Jacek Żakowski, publicist, Poland
•    Filip Rožánek, Editor-in-Chief, Marketing & Media
•    Istvan Hegedus, chairman of Hungarian Europe Society

Moderator: David Levy, RISJ, University of Oxford

15:15 – 15:45 coffee break

15:45– 17:45 New media, propaganda and manipulation (Video)

•    Keynote: Brian Whitmore, senior Russia analyst and author of Vertical Blog, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

•    Panelists:
•    Ivana Smolenová, Prague security studies institute
•    Monika Richter, University of Oxford
•    Kristina Potapova, Martens Centre
•    Jindřich Šídlo, journalist,

Moderator: Michael Žantovský, Václav Havel Library

17:45-18:00 Closing remarks: Jiří Schneider, Aspen Institute Prague


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