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Press release: EED partners with DW for Global Media Forum June 19-21

29 May 2017

Nearly 2,000 experts from over 100 countries will be meeting at the World Conference Center Bonn from June 19-21 for the Global Media Forum (GMF) coordinated by Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

They will discuss the state of international politics and media development, human rights and sustainability as well as innovative journalism. Under the banner of “Identity and Diversity,” the 10th annual GMF brings media professionals together with players from the political, culture, business, development aid and research arenas.

The majority of participants will be traveling from countries in which freedom of speech and press freedom are limited, sometimes to a large extent and including harassment against those who attempt to uphold those fundamental rights.

In plenary sessions and in workshops issues will be debated openly and controversially, yet conference participants will attempt to uncover solutions for the pressing questions global challenges present.

EED session: The Edge of Online Creativity

As part of the Forum, the European Endowment for Democracy is organising a workshop on Mon 19 June on unconventional tools for democracy support. Three EED-supported grassroots activists will share their experiences of how they use the limited space that exists for promoting democracy in creative ways such as political art, culture and satire and innovative media outlets)

Populism and ostracism in the “post-truth era” are on the agenda, as are the increasing dangers our democratic system of values is facing. Journalism is going through a time of great change due to developments in technology and an increasing civic interest in participation via social media.

International decision-makers who will act as keynote speakers and panellists include the secretary general of the European Parliament, Klaus Welle, UNESCO's Deputy Secretary General Frank La Rue, entrepreneur and “Kremlin critic” Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Amnesty International's Secretary General Salil Shetty and one of the founders of the US initiative “Women's March,” Carmen Perez.

Digital masterminds like Swedish “biohacker activist“ Hannes Sjoblad, Pete Koomen from experimentation platform provider Optimizely, and data scientist Michal Kosinski from Cambridge University will all share their expertise. EED Executive Director, Jerzy Pomianowski, will address the Forum on Tuesday 20 June during the panel on the growth of populism.

EED is one of several international and German organisations and think tanks – such as the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Mercator Foundation, and the Right Livelyhood Foundation – that will be presenting solutions-oriented projects addressing political aspects in society.

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