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NEWSOCRACY | Protect Public Service Media against Political Interference

Thursday, 12 December 2019, Budapest, Hungary

Public Service Media should broadcast for the public, be financed and controlled by the public. They should be a trusted source of news and provide impartial information to enable citizens to make informed decisions.
While Public Service Media should be independent, the rise of populism further exposes them to political interference. Politicians try to undermine the media’s independence, manipulate and censor journalistic output. In the worst cases, Public Service Media are turned into state-controlled media, propaganda or public relations instruments.
Join us in Budapest as we discuss ways to protect Public Service Media and to ultimately preserve press and media freedom in Europe!


WHAT: NEWSOCRACY conference | Protect Public Service Media against Political Interference
WHEN: 12 December 2019, 11am – 5.30pm CET
WHERE: Goethe-Institute, Ráday utca 58, 1092 Budapest, Hungary
Registration starts 10.15am. You are invited to stay for an evening reception after the event.

In collaboration with: The Budapest Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ)

Conference Language: English (Hungarian translation provided).
Entry: Free (registration required (get your free eventbrite ticket)).
Contact: conference@ecpmf.eu
@ECPMF #newsocracy19

Supported by the European Commission, Freistaat Sachsen, City of Leipzig and the Goethe Institute Budapest.

We look forward to seeing you in Budapest.

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Thursday, December 12
 

10:15am CET

Registration
Please come early for registration.

Host: Nora Wehofsits, ECPMF

Moderators
avatar for Nora Wehofsits

Nora Wehofsits

Advocacy Officer, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

Thursday December 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am CET
Goethe-Institute Hungary Budapest, Ráday u. 58, 1092 Hungary

11:00am CET

Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Dr Evelin Hust

Dr Evelin Hust

Director, Goethe-Institute Budapest
avatar for Dr Lutz Kinkel

Dr Lutz Kinkel

Managing Director, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom
Lutz Kinkel represents and manages the ECPMF. Lutz worked in German press for more than 20 years, giving special focus to the areas of politics and media. He was an editor at Spiegel-Online and tagesschau.de and more recently head of the stern-online office in Berlin. He did his Masters... Read More →
avatar for Center for Independent Journalism

Center for Independent Journalism

Director, Center for Independent Journalism Budapest
Supporter


Thursday December 12, 2019 11:00am - 11:10am CET
Goethe-Institute Hungary Budapest, Ráday u. 58, 1092 Hungary

11:10am CET

KEYNOTE: Destabilisation of Knowledge and the Role of Public Service Media in the Digital Age
Speakers
avatar for Péter Bajomi-Lázár

Péter Bajomi-Lázár

Head of the Institute of Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Mass Communication, Center for Media, Data and Society CEU
Péter Bajomi-Lázár is Professor of Mass Communication at the Budapest Business School. His latest monography is Party Colonisation of the Media (2014). His latest edited volume is Media in Third-Wave Democracies. Southern and Central/Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective... Read More →


Thursday December 12, 2019 11:10am - 11:30am CET
Goethe-Institute Hungary Budapest, Ráday u. 58, 1092 Hungary

11:30am CET

CASE STUDY: Political Interference in Hungarian Public Media – a Reflection
Case study on Hungary
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Presentation of the results of an advocacy mission in November 2019, led by the International Press Institute (IPI), to Hungary


Speakers
avatar for Pál Dániel Rényi

Pál Dániel Rényi

Political Journalist, 444.hu
@danielrenyi
avatar for Barbara Trionfi

Barbara Trionfi

Executive Director, International Press Institute (IPI)
Barbara is executive director at the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists dedicated to safeguarding and fostering media freedom and promoting quality, independent journalism.Barbara joined IPI in 2000... Read More →


Thursday December 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm CET
Goethe-Institute Hungary Budapest, Ráday u. 58, 1092 Hungary

12:00pm CET

PODIUM: The Infiltration of Public Service Media in Europe - Is This a Domino Effect?
Panel discussion, comparing different EU member states where public service media in at risk.
Interventions from Bulgaria/South East Europe and Poland.

Moderators
avatar for Attila Mong

Attila Mong

Europe correspondent, Committee to Protect Journalists
Attila Mong is a Berlin-based Hungarian freelance journalist. He is the Europe correspondent of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an international press freedom organization, and reports on press freedom issues from the EU. He works as innovation consultant for Germany`s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jovanka Matic

Jovanka Matic

Research Associate, Institute of Social Sciences Belgrade
Jovanka has a PhD degree in mass communications. More than 30 years of professional experience in research in the field of communications and media, resulting in 7 books and about 70 articles in booksand academic and professional publications. Interested in media freedom, the role... Read More →
avatar for Dr Rubina Möhring

Dr Rubina Möhring

President, Reporters Without Borders Austria
avatar for Vojtěch Berger

Vojtěch Berger

Hlidaci Pes
Vojtech Berger (*1983), journalist, based in Prague. Since 2005 a foreign desk reporter of the Czech Radio (national public broadcaster). 2010-2014 served as a permanent correspondent in Slovakia and Austria. Based in Bratislava, he occasionally covered the hungarian affairs too... Read More →


Thursday December 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm CET
Goethe-Institute Hungary Budapest, Ráday u. 58, 1092 Hungary

1:15pm CET

LUNCH Break
Soup, Sandwiches & Salad.

Thursday December 12, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm CET
Goethe-Institute Hungary Budapest, Ráday u. 58, 1092 Hungary

2:00pm CET

DOSSIER: Media Capture in Public Service Media in Europe
Thursday December 12, 2019 2:00pm - 2:10pm CET
Goethe-Institute Hungary Budapest, Ráday u. 58, 1092 Hungary

2:10pm CET

INTERVIEW: Light Interference - Symptoms of Public Service Media Capture in Western Europe
Martin Hoffmann, currently working at the European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research on his PhD, interviews Dr Jan Schulte-Kellinghaus about symptoms of media capture in public service media in Western Europe and the situation in Germany.

Moderators
avatar for Martin Hoffmann

Martin Hoffmann

Researcher, European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research (EIJC)
Martin Hoffmann is a journalist and researcher with the European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research (EIJC). He conducted an ECPMF-Fact Finding Mission on the massively increased number of attacks on German journalists since 2015, which are related to the “Lying-Press-debate... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr Jan Schulte-Kellinghaus

Dr Jan Schulte-Kellinghaus

Programme Director, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB)
Dr. Jan Schulte-Kellinghaus was born in 1969 in Duisburg. He studied law in Bonn and Erfurt and worked alongside as a reporter for radio and television. Beginning in 1994 , he worked as a reporter for the ZDF - one of Germany’s two national public broadcasters- at the Studio Thuringa... Read More →


Thursday December 12, 2019 2:10pm - 2:45pm CET
Goethe-Institute Hungary Budapest, Ráday u. 58, 1092 Hungary

2:45pm CET

PODIUM: Protection of Public Service Media against Political Interference - A Task for Whom?
Speakers
avatar for Jacob Mollerup

Jacob Mollerup

Mollerups Bureau
Mollerup has been managing editor and chief of news at Politiken, editor-in-chief at Information and news ombudsman at The Danish Broadcasting Corporation.Since 2005 he has been offering key-note-addresses, training and consultancy in more than 20 countries in Europe, North America... Read More →
avatar for Stelios Kouloglou

Stelios Kouloglou

Member of the European Parliament
Political reporter and analyst for major Greek media, Correspondent in Paris and Moscow during the “Perestroika”, special envoy of the war in the former Yugoslavia (1992-1995). Collaborator of Le Monde Diplomatique and French-German TV channel ARTE. Described by the international... Read More →
avatar for Raffaele Di Giovanni Bezzi

Raffaele Di Giovanni Bezzi

Head of Sector (Audiovisual Media Services), European Commission
Raffaele Di Giovanni Bezzi is Head of Sector for Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Electronic Communications Networks, Content and Technology. His area of work and expertise include the transposition and implementation of the... Read More →
avatar for Ramona Strugariu

Ramona Strugariu

Renew Europe Group, Member of the European Parliament
avatar for Judit Bayer

Judit Bayer

Media Lawyer, Budapest Business School
Judit Bayer is associate professor of media law and international law at the Budapest Business School, Hungary. Her research background is in human rights, freedom of expression, media freedom and pluralism, and privacy. She has a PhD. in constitutional law. Bayer has authored several... Read More →


Thursday December 12, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm CET
Goethe-Institute Hungary Budapest, Ráday u. 58, 1092 Hungary

4:00pm CET

Coffee Break
Have a break. With tea or coffee.

Thursday December 12, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm CET
Goethe-Institute Hungary Budapest, Ráday u. 58, 1092 Hungary

4:30pm CET

NEWS from Budapest: Interview with the Municipality's Vice-Mayor
Unfortuantely Mr Karascony had to cancel his participation short-term due to an urgent appointment, but we are very happy Mr Kerpel-Fronius can replace him.

Moderators
avatar for Dóra Diseri

Dóra Diseri

Project Lead “Reporters in the Field”, Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe (n-ost)
Dóra joined the n-ost team as a project manager of "Reporters in the Field" in 2017. She is a Berlin-based Hungarian freelance journalist since 2012. Before moving to Berlin Dóra worked as a multi-media journalist and reporter in the news department of the Hungarian Public Television... Read More →

Speakers
GK

Gábor Kerpel-Fronius

Vice-Mayor of Budapest, The Municipality of Budapest


Thursday December 12, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm CET
Goethe-Institute Hungary Budapest, Ráday u. 58, 1092 Hungary

5:00pm CET

OUTLOOK: The Future of Public Service Media? The Example of the BBC
Speakers
avatar for Dr Maria Michalis

Dr Maria Michalis

University Westminster
Dr. Maria Michalis is a Reader in Commination Policy at the University ofWestminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI, www.camri.ac.uk), aleading research centre in the UK for almost thirty years. She has been forover 20 years now researching telecommunications... Read More →


Thursday December 12, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm CET
Goethe-Institute Hungary Budapest, Ráday u. 58, 1092 Hungary

5:30pm CET

Conclusion + FAREWELL
Exhibitors
avatar for European Centre for Press and Media Freedom

European Centre for Press and Media Freedom

European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)
Press and media freedom is under attack in Europe, and it’s getting worse. The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) was founded by 25 organisations from 16 countries as an independent European Co-operative Society (SCE) to counter this development. Our work is based... Read More →


Thursday December 12, 2019 5:30pm - 5:45pm CET
Goethe-Institute Hungary Budapest, Ráday u. 58, 1092 Hungary

5:45pm CET

GET TOGETHER
Cheese & Wine.

Thursday December 12, 2019 5:45pm - 8:00pm CET
Goethe-Institute Hungary Budapest, Ráday u. 58, 1092 Hungary