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Populism, Fake News, Manipulation: Challenges for Election Coverage

2017. 11. 22. | News

The traditional end-of-year conference by the Goethe-Institut Budapest, the Center for Independent Journalism, and the Hungarian Editors’ Forum will take place on Wednesday, 29 November 2017, from 15:30 to 19:30 at the Goethe-Institut (1092 Budapest, Ráday u. 58.) The conference aims to provide an overview of the challenges news media face during election campaigns.

Speakers and panelists at the event will focus on the following topics: How to cover political parties professing populist and extreme views in the light of the recent Dutch, French, German, and Austrian elections? How do fake news and conspiracy theories spread on social networks affect professional journalism? How to disclose political manipulation when covering election campaigns? How to contribute to a meaningful dialogue between politicians, citizens, and journalists?

The conference will be held in English and Hungarian with simultaneous translation.


15:30–16:00       Registration

16:00–16:30       Opening remarks

Michael Müller-Verweyen, director, Goethe-Institut Budapest
Ilona Móricz, director, Center for Independent Journalism
Balázs Weyer, president, Editors’ Forum Hungary

16:30–17:00       A toothless lion? Journalism between ethics, activism and economy – Dr. phil. Daniel-Pascal Zorn, philosopher, Germany

17:00–17:30       Fake news: journalism in a new context – Dean Starkman, Pulitzer prize awarded journalist, visiting lecturer at the School of Public Policy at Central European University, Budapest
Moderator: János Horvát, Chair of the Board, Center for Independent Journalism

17:30–18:00       Coffee Break

18:00–19:30       Manipulation and lack of dialogue during election campaigns. How can the news media serve public interests?
Presentation by Csaba Tóth, strategy director, Republikon Institute
Panel participants:

Dr. phil. Daniel-Pascal Zorn philosopher, Germany
Katerina Sinadinovska journalist, Macedonia
Szabolcs Dull journalist, Index.hu
Csaba Tóth, strategy director, Republikon Institute

Moderator: Balázs Weyer