Does the media bear co-responsibility for the rise of populism in Europe? If so, why? Do media outlets display sufficiently the complexities of the contemporary world? Do they polarise and fuel radical discourses? Or do they, on the contrary, whitewash facts, thus disregarding justified public concerns? Discuss how to build up constructive media relations together with media practitioners and scientists.
Additional inputs on the topic are offered during the plenary on ‘Democracies under pressure’ and in the Breakout Session 7 ‘Civil society and populism’.
Journalism Trainer and media consultant
Correspondent, DIE ZEIT, Berlin
| ||Caterina Lobenstein, born in 1983, studied musicology and political science in Marburg and Bologna. She obtained her education in journalism from the Henri-Nannen-Schule in Hamburg. Since 2014, she has been working as an editor at Die ZEIT, Germany’s biggest weekly newspaper. She covered the rise of the German far-right party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) and reports about flight and migration from all over Germany, the Balkans, Italy, Greece, North and sub-Saharan Africa and the Mediterranean Sea. In 2018 she won the Nannenpreis, the most important German journalism award. Currently she works at the Berlin office of DIE ZEIT.|
Chairperson, New German Media Professionals, Cologne
| ||Sheila Mysorekar is the chairperson of the independent media organisation 'Neue deutsche Medienmacher' (New German Media Professionals), an organisation of ethnic minority journalists that campaigns for more diversity in German media. Sheila Mysorekar is Indo-German and lives in Cologne, Germany. She studied in Cologne and London and worked as a journalist in many countries, amongst others, in Jamaica, India, the US and Latin America, including eleven years in Argentina as independent correspondent for German media. Presently, she works for DW Akademie as trainer for conflict-sensitive journalism and consultant for media in post-conflict states, mostly in Libya and South Sudan.|
Journalist and Co-Editor, Republik AG, Zurich
| ||Daniel Binswanger, born 1969, studied Philosophy and Comparative Literature in Berlin and Paris. From 2002 on, he has been working as Paris correspondent at different Swiss newspapers. Mr Binswanger has published a weekly column since ten years, in which current political and economic issues of national and international importance are discussed. The column was published in the paper "Das Magazin" until late 2017 and since then in the new Swiss digital magazine "Die Republik". Additionally, he will manage Republik’s new feature article (Feuilleton), starting from September 2018.|