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The 2018 FoME Symposium puts the complex triangle of "Politics - Private Interests - Media" at the center of debate. We observe that people in power often no longer need to openly exert their power over media in forms of censorship or force. Instead, supportive and subtle rather than repressive forms of political and business-related intervention in the media sector seem to become the method of choice We will discuss which factors foster what academic literature calls MEDIA CAPTURE, to what extent this expanding strategy influences democracy, pluralism and freedom of the press and how to prevent "The Silent Takeover" of the free media.
This takeover can have many different faces: media can be founded, owned, financed, supported and/or operated by actors with political interests. These interests often go along with economic benefits, and it is sometimes hard to grasp where political interests end and economic interests begin.
The mentioned triangle appears to exist everywhere. While the forms and degree of Media Capture observed in countries in transition and fragile states may seem more severe/pressing, even democratic countries with pluralistic media markets seem to face similar issues. One aspect remains the same: Media Capture is a problem as it involves the risk to affect and change political and social dynamics.
At our 2018 FoME Symposium, we will look at different forms of Media Capture from various angles. During the two-day program, we will analyze the different shapes this insidious process can take, assess its apparent consequences and discuss solutions in a number of sessions ranging from panel discussions to hands-on workshops.
For media development experts, one focus has to be: how can we criticize existing networks, raise awareness for potential threats for free media, and offer solutions through media development cooperation tools without taking the moral high ground?
Media Capture is not an entirely new phenomenon. However, it is more topical than ever: The current global crisis of traditional financing models for media and the necessity to find new business models opens doors for investors with more or less hidden agendas. At the same time, media gets under pressure as heterogeneous actors, who contest traditional reporting and provide alternative interpretations, capture discourses on social media which manifests as "Social Media Capture".
The symposium will be held in English language only
Please note that once registered, your registration will be binding.
Donnerstag, 22.11.18 bis Freitag, 23.11.18
09:00 Uhr (erster Tag) bis 16:30 Uhr (letzter Tag)
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Hiroshimastr. 17, 10785 Berlin