DW Global Media Forum kicks off, virtually

24 June 2020

As restrictions on international travel continue, a range of conferences have migrated to the cloud, including Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum. It will launch the first in a series of online events on 24 June with a digital session on the responsibility of the media in times of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first of a series of digital talks and will be hosted by DW journalist Jaafar Abdul Karim. A discussion titled “The blame game: What is the media’s responsibility in the corona crisis?” will take place on June 24, at 1500 CET (GMT/UTC +2) with speakers from Africa, Latin America and Europe and will be streamed on Facebook.  

The session will take a close look at how populists have hijacked the COVID-19 pandemic for their own gain. It will examine the trustworthiness of news outlets on which journalists are relying during the pandemic. It will also explore how journalists can combat misinformation and disinformation – tactics constantly employed by populists and demagogues.

The host is Jaafar Abdul Kari, an award-winning journalist and host of DW’s show Jaafartalk, which reaches an audience of millions in the Arab world.

The speakers:

John-Allan Namu, CEO of Africa Uncensored, Kenya

Africa Uncensored is an investigative and in-depth journalism production house in Nairobi, Kenya. Its aim is to be the premier source of unique, important and incisive journalism.

María Esperanza Casullo, Associate Professor at the University of Río Negro, Argentina

Casullo’s work focuses on populism, democratic theory and Latin American politics, with an emphasis on comparative studies and discourse analysis.

Guido Bülow, Head of News Partnerships Central Europe at Facebook, Germany 

Bülow is responsible for the strategic initiatives and programs to promote quality journalism and an informed society in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. These include cooperation with independent fact-checkers and Facebook’s accelerator program for local media.

More information on this session: https://p.dw.com/p/3dUfy 

Join the session here: https://www.facebook.com/events/281481139639894/

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