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How Free Is the Press Across the EU?

Plenary / Democracy & the Rule of Law
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In 2019 press freedom has deteriorated massively in several countries of the EU (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? We will discuss the state of press freedom across the EU with legal experts and journalists.

Senior Partner, LGP - LANSKY, GANZGER & Partner Attorneys-at-Law GmbH, Vienna
Executive President, Reporters without Boarders, Vienna
Television Journalist, Berlin Chair

Dr. Gabriel LANSKY

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

University Assistant, Institute for Roman Law and Ancient History of Law, University of Vienna Bar Examination, Vienna Partner, Rudolf Müller & Partner Attorneys-at-Law, Vienna Established his own law firm, Vienna Member, Brussels Bar Association Merger with Law firm Dr. Elisabeth Steiner Merger with Law firm Dr. Gerald Ganzger Member, Budapest Bar Association Foundation of the LGP office in Bratislava Foundation of the LGP office in Baku, Azerbaijan

Dr. Rubina MÖHRING

Executive President, Reporters without Boarders, Vienna

Dr. Armin WOLF



Television Journalist, Berlin

Volunteer, Aktion Sühnezeichen, World Information on Energy, Amsterdam School voor de Journalistiek, Utrecht Correspondent for Dutch media (Avro Radio en Persdienst GPD), Cologne Trainee program TV en radio, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Cologne Editor in Charge, Anchor, several positions, WDR (news, documentaries) Arthur Burns Fellowship, NBC, Denver Political Correspondent, Phoenix, Berlin Anchor daily political talkshow "Phoenix Runde", Berlin Political TV correspondent, WDR, Berlin Self-employed anchor (WDR; ARD Morgenmagazin) Consultant, MeinesHolla&Partners, The Hague
since 2013
since 2013

Political and Legal Symposium

show timetable


17:00 - 18:30Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary


09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawPartner
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner
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 IncomeBreakout
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: to be announcedBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019 Ein Weckruf für Europa!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: How Can Africa and Europe Work Together?Plenary
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
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary


Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner


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: to be announcedBreakout
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
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 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Civil Society in Times of UpheavalPartner
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
18:00 - 19:00How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial


09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary