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How Free Is the Press Across the EU?

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Democracy & the Rule of Law
German and English language

In 2019 press freedom has deteriorated massively in several EU countries (including Austria). However, independent media is a necessary condition of a well-functioning democracy. But who can guarantee the right to press and media freedom?

Senior Partner, LGP - LANSKY, GANZGER & Partner Attorneys-at-Law GmbH, Vienna
Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Wiener Zeitung, Vienna
Head of Foreign Desk and Senior Editor, Magyar Hírlap, Budapest
Television Journalist, Berlin Chair

Dr. Gabriel LANSKY

Senior Partner, LGP - LANSKY, GANZGER & Partner Attorneys-at-Law GmbH, Vienna

1976-1979 University Assistant, Institute for Roman Law and Ancient History of Law, University of Vienna
1985 Bar Examination, Vienna
1985-1990 Partner, Rudolf Müller & Partner Attorneys-at-Law, Vienna
1991 Established his own law firm, Vienna
1997 Member, Brussels Bar Association
2001 Merger with Law firm Dr. Elisabeth Steiner
2002 Merger with Law firm Dr. Gerald Ganzger
2004 Member, Budapest Bar Association
2007 Foundation of the LGP office in Bratislava
2009 Foundation of the LGP office in Baku, Azerbaijan
2012 Foundation of the LGP office in Astana, Kazakhstan

Mag. Thomas SEIFERT

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Wiener Zeitung, Vienna

1987-1991 Bachelor degree course, Biology, University of Salzburg
1991-1998 Master degree course, Botany, University of Vienna
Staff writer, Falter, Vienna
1999-2005 Member of the Editorial Staff, Foreign Affairs Section, News, Vienna
1999 International Media Fellowship, Duke University, Durham, NC
2001 International Visitors Program, The State Department
Lecturer, Danube University, Krems
2006-2012 Member of the Editorial Staff, Foreign Affairs Section, Die Presse, Vienna
2009 Lecturer, University of Vienna
since 2012 Deputy Editor in Chief, Wiener Zeitung, Vienna

Mariann ÖRY

Head of Foreign Desk and Senior Editor, Magyar Hírlap, Budapest

 Mariann Őry has been working as a foreign policy journalist for Hungarian conservative daily newspaper Magyar Hírlap. Senior editor since 2019, head of the foreign desk since 2015. Studied Scandinavian studies at ELTE University, Budapest. Main topics are EU affairs, Austria, Germany, the Visegrad cooperation and right-wing, anti-immigration parties in Europe.

Anke PLÄTTNER

Television Journalist, Berlin

1982-1984 Volunteer, Aktion Sühnezeichen, World Information on Energy, Amsterdam
1984-1987 School voor de Journalistiek, Utrecht
1987-1989 Correspondent, Dutch Media - Avro Radio en Persdienst GPD, Cologne
1989-1990 Trainee program, TV en radio, WDR - Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cologne
1990-2002 Editor in Charge, Anchor, several positions, WDR - Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cologne
1993 Arthur Burns Fellowship, NBC, Denver
2002-2004 Political Correspondent, Phoenix, Berlin
2004-2010 Anchor, daily political talkshow "Phoenix Runde", Berlin
2010-2013 Political TV correspondent, WDR - Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Berlin
since 2013 Self-employed anchor, WDR - Westdeutscher Rundfunk and ARD Morgenmagazin, Berlin
2013-2014 Consultant, MeinesHolla&Partners, The Hague
since 2015 Anchor, daily political talkshow "Phoenix Runde", Berlin

Political and Legal Symposia

show timetable

24.08.2019

17:00 - 18:45Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary
19:45 - 20:45Promoting Stability in Wider Europe: The Role of the EU and the OSCEPlenary
20:30 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

25.08.2019

08:00 - 09:00ABGESAGT POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawBreakout
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Promoting the SDGs in Europe with a Global MindsetBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Experimental Government and the Story of Basic Income in FinlandBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Demography and DemocracyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Digital Diplomacy vs Digital ColonialismBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: How We Benefit from Empowering the Young in PoliticsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Lost in Translation? The EU’s Struggle to Speak with One Voice on Foreign PolicyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Democracy BootcampBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Two Sides of the Same Coin?Partner
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019: Wake-up Call for Europe!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: Africa on the MovePlenary
16:00 - 17:30Ideology in the Courtroom: How Impartial Are Judges?Plenary
17:30 - 18:30What Can Be Done against the Climate Crisis?Plenary
18:00 - 19:30How Free Is the Press Across the EU?Plenary
19:00 - 20:00What Does the World Think? A Conversation on Fundamental Philosophical QuestionsPlenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary

26.08.2019

08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Emissions Trading: an Effective Way to Reduce EmissionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: When Machines Judge PeopleBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: How Free Should Trade Be? The Development of European Standards for Trade and Foreign Direct InvestmentsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 11: International Arms Trade Regulations: A Call for ActionBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 12: Does More Digital Freedom Automatically Mean Less Legal Security?Breakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 13: New Wars – New EpidemicsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 14: Human Rights Under Pressure: The Role of Ombudspersons and National Human Rights InstitutionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 15: Security through Liberty: About the Will for Public OrderBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 16: A Pathway to Sustainable Business TransformationBreakout
14:00 - 15:30‘Soft Power’ or Defence Union? Military Cooperation in the European UnionPlenary
14:00 - 15:30The Struggle for the Rule of Law: Is the EU Fighting a Losing Battle?Plenary
14:00 - 18:00LAW Working GroupsBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Let’s Talk!Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Freedom of Speech at Universities: What Is (Still) Acceptable?Plenary
16:30 - 17:45Liberty and Security in the Context of International RelationsPlenary
18:15 - 19:15How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:30 - 22:00Speakers’ NightPlenary

27.08.2019

09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary
11:30 - 13:00Tackling Complexity: Insights from the Alpbach Learning MissionsPlenary