Summer School for Journalists and Media Practitioners 2017

JOURNALISM IN THE DIGITAL AGE:  RESPONDING TO PROPAGANDA AND FAKE NEWS 5-9 June 2017 – FLORENCE, ITALY   The Summer School is organised by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute (EUI). The EUI is a renowned international institution, hosting a community of more than 1000 academics and policy-makers from over 60 countries. It is located on picturesque hills above Florence. Building on its successful experience of previous years, this year’s Summer School will offer the opportunity to around 25 journalists and media practitioners to learn about…

Nadezda Azhgikhina: It’s not too late for an honest Russian-American dialogue

This article signed by the Vice President of the EFJ Nadezda Azhgikhina was initially published in The Nation weekly magazine in the United States. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission. It’s Not Too Late for an Honest Russian-American Dialogue https://t.co/v9jk5xk7gM — The Nation (@thenation) January 17, 2017 During Russia’s extended Christmas holidays, in a town near Moscow, an unemployed man stabbed his potential employer for political reasons during a friendly meal. The employer, who owns a gas station, said that Russians live poorly because of low productivity—that is, a US worker has to work 30 minutes to earn…

Meeting with GFMD

Meeting with Caroline Giraud, GFMD Programmes and Policy Manager. Follow-up of the EU Resolution on anti-EU propaganda.  

EU Parliament Resolution to tackle anti-EU Propaganda comes under criticism from journalists

Propaganda pressure on the EU from Russia and Islamist terrorist groups is growing, the European Parliament warned in a non-legislative resolution voted on Wednesday. To counteract so-called anti-EU campaigns, MEPs suggested reinforcing the EU’s “strategic communication” task force and investing more in awareness raising, media literacy, online and local media as well as investigative journalism. The resolution calls on EU member states to boost funding for counter-propaganda projects. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is not convinced by this controversial resolution. A total of 691 MEPs participated in the vote: 304 (44%) voted in favor of the resolution dubbed “EU…

Conference: “Game of Trolls: Turning Words into Weapons”

This event will serve as a platform for an expert-level consideration of the use of propaganda and disinformation in a hybrid warfare. The first panel will explore how propaganda and trolling, in particular, can undermine Europe’s freedom of speech. The participants are invited to reflect on words that incite violence – namely, on the causal link between the large-scale propaganda, combined with hate speech and unleashing of the war. The second panel will manifest: “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities*”, focusing on Ukraine as an example of an effective Russian disinformation campaign. A representative…

Conference: “Game of Trolls: Turning Words into Weapons”

This event will serve as a platform for an expert-level consideration of the use of propaganda and disinformation in a hybrid warfare. The first panel will explore how propaganda and trolling, in particular, can undermine Europe’s freedom of speech. The participants are invited to reflect on words that incite violence – namely, on the causal link between the large-scale propaganda, combined with hate speech and unleashing of the war. The second panel will manifest: “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities*”, focusing on Ukraine as an example of an effective Russian disinformation campaign. A representative…