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22/11/2018 - 23/11/2018

Deadline to register: 26 October | The era of censorship is not over, but governments no longer need to openly exert their power over media in forms of censorship or force.”The Silent Takeover” of the media in the 21st century comes through the backdoor. Supportive and subtle rather than repressive forms of political and business-related intervention in the media sector seem to become the method of choice. The 2018 FoME Symposium puts the complex triangle of “Politics – Private Interests – Media” at the center of debate.

On November 22nd and 23rd, about 100 media experts from around the world will get together on the premises of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin to assess the state of Media Capture in the 21st Century. We will discuss which factors foster what academic literature calls Media Capture, to what extent this expanding strategy influences democracy, pluralism and freedom of the press and how to prevent “The Silent Takeover” of the free media. This takeover can have many different faces: media can be founded, owned, financed, supported and/or operated by actors with political interests. FoME 2018 will analyze the different shapes Media Capture can take and discuss solutions in a number of sessions ranging from panel discussions to hands-on workshops.

The German Forum for Media and Development (FoME) is a network of institutions and individuals active in the field of media development cooperation. With their annual flagship event, they bring together media development experts from around the world to discuss a topical issue. As many are practitioners, they also possess the opportunity to contribute to the implementation of some of the outcomes of our symposium.

FoME 2018 will be hosted by the Division for International Cooperation of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). In more than 100 country offices, the FES gives advice and support for the establishment and consolidation of structures within civil society and politics to promote democracy and social justice. The symposium is co-organized by Reporters Without Borders (RSF Germany) and Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT)


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Hiroshimastr. 17, 10785
Berlin-Tiergarten, Germany