Journalism and Democracy in the age of Polarization
- Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
- When: September 23, 2019, 17:30 – 20:00
A debate with Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times.
Both journalism and democracy are in the process of transition – and many would say in a crisis. Faced with the increasing dominance of digital platforms, majority of professional news media are fighting for economic survival as well as for regaining audience’s trust, while many countries are witnessing the rise of populism and growing polarization, threatening the very foundations of democracy. How do journalists and media organizations respond to these challenges, and what can they do to bridge the widening societal gaps that are often exploited by populists? How can they counter the influx of disinformation and “fake news” while still protecting free speech? What is the place and future of traditional journalistic norms such as objectivity, impartiality and balance in the allegedly post-truth age, and in an increasingly polarized media landscape?
Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times and former Director-General of BBC
Emma Smetana, journalist, moderator of DVTV
Jiří Hošek, journalist, commentator TV Seznam
Michael Žantovský, diplomat, Director of Václav Havel Library
Moderator: Václav Štětka, media scholar, Loughborough University