European Federation of Journalists

Media : tool or challenge for democracy in Europe ?

In times of political gambling, minorities become the scapegoating target of populist leaders. In name of the freedom of expression, racist discourses are legitimised by the electorate choice of right-wing representation in the structures of power. Although some discourses are becoming obsolete, media magnifies the stereotypes and can influence the negative perceptions largely and inaccurately promoted and which is yet reinforced by strong political discourse. But (new) media can also be an instrument for mobilization, participation and change. How is media helping to build democracy and a new narrative for Europe? And how to tackle hate speech, racism and underrepresentation of minorities in media in Europe?

The aim of the meeting organized by ENAR and FES EU Office is to create a safe space where international experts can exchange their ideas, ventilate their local and national challenges and can hopefully be encouraged by other initiatives and community engagement examples that have inspired movements for greater social change and inclusion. Speakers, including Renate Schroeder (EFJ Director), will be invited to share their views about the challenges of current democratic models and the role of (new) media in this regard and will be also encouraged to promote empowering and attractive actions and media campaigns which led to effective

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