European Journalism during Election Time

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The journalism landscape in Europe is rapidly changing. Global digital forces like Cambridge Analytica and Facebook are spreading faster than humans can fact-check. Unprecedented verbal attacks on the media are a recurrent part of political rhetoric. Three European journalists were brutally murdered within the space of barely two years. How can citizens make well-informed political decisions based on information provided by journalists under pressure?

In the run-up to the European elections, editorial director of Le Monde Sylvie Kauffmann and editor in chief of The New Times Yevgenia Albats discuss the biggest challenges for journalists and the state of journalism in Europe. Denis Staunton, London editor of the Irish Times will join the evening as well an he gives us the latest insights on reporting on Brexit. His contribution is still tentative because of current developments around Brexit.

Kauffmann and Albats are judges for the European Press Prize and will be joined the next day by Sir Harold Evans, Joergen Ejboel and Alexandra Fodrl-Schmidt to pick the winners for the European Press Prize. The Press Prize provides a unique pan-European view of journalism talent across borders. This year’s shortlist will be published on March 26th.

About the speakers:

Sylvie Kauffmann
Sylvie Kauffmann is editorial director of the French newspaper Le Monde, of which she was editor-in-chief in 2010-2011. Kauffmann joined Le Monde in 1988 as its Moscow correspondent. As Eastern and Central Europe correspondent, she covered the collapse of the Soviet empire and the subsequent political and economic changes in the Eastern European countries

Yevgenia Albats
Yevgenia Albats was the first Soviet journalist to investigate the Soviet political police, the KGB in the Soviet-era. She is the author of The State Within A State: KGB and Its Hold on Russia. Albats is the author of four books and currently is Editor in Chief and CEO of the Moscow-based political weekly The New Times, one of the few independent media outlets in the current Russia. She is also a talk show host for two Russian networks.

Denis Staunton
Denis Staunton is London Editor of The Irish Times. He joined The Irish Times in 1997. Before joining The Irish Times he reported for the Observer and The Guardian. Denis Staunton previously worked as Foreign Editor. As a foreign correspondent based in Berlin, Brussels and Washington he has reported at various stages from almost all the countries of the European Union and from the European institutions, parts of the Middle East and throughout North America. He also presents the Irish Times’ World View podcast on foreign affairs


‘Journalism is more dangerous – and more under threat – than at any point in the last decade’ – The Guardian


Sylvie Kauffmanneditorial director Le Monde
Yevgenia AlbatsEditor in Chief The New Times in Moskow
Yoeri AlbrechtDirector De Balie / moderator
Denis StauntonLondon Editor of The Irish Times