Postponed to June 2021 due to COVID-19 virus and ongoing travel and gathering restrictions.

“If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.”

- Mark Twain

Information on the Summit

About

The Transatlantic Leadership Network is launching a “Freedom of Media” annual conference to address critical issues facing journalism today. Such issues include: how to improve the rule of law and the protection of journalists worldwide; how to address and fight the phenomenon of fake news; social media’s role in disseminating news; and how to get reputable and unbiased news in countries with illiberal democratic systems across the world.


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Registration Fees
Registration to the Reception and Gala Dinner includes reservation for accompanying guest.

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Sponsors

The Freedom of Media Annual Summit conference is made possible through generous support by individuals, corporations, and charitable organizations.

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Awards

 
 

In an effort to promote excellence and integrity in journalistic professions, as well as highlight courageous examples of best media practices, the Transatlantic Leadership Network has established awards to recognize those organizations and individuals that make a difference on the regional, national, and global stage.

International:
Best Global Media Network 2021
Best Editor-in-Chief 2021
Best Investigative Journalists 2011
Best Next Generation Journalists 2011

United States:
Best Global Media Network 2021
Best Editor-in-Chief 2021
Best Investigative Journalists 2011
Best Next Generation Journalists 2011


Agenda

 
 

Day 1

9:30 a.m. Keynote Address

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The Phenomenon of Fake News and its Ramifications in the Digital Age
The immediate and international availability of information in the digital age allows those that spread falsehoods and misinformation to have a far-reaching impact. Fabricated stories posing as credible information is unlikely to go away. Even as awareness of fake news and its negative impact rises, the public remains ill-equipped to separate fact from fiction. This panel will examine fake news from an international perspective, particularly it how technology in the digital age allows its spread across country lines, and how to best identify and regulate against misinformation moving forward.

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11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Social Media’s Role in Delivering News
According to Pew Research Center, most Americans are highly concerned about the quality and fairness of news on social media platforms. 82% of US adults say social media companies treat some news organizations differently than others, and 88% say these companies favor news organizations that produce attention-grabbing, sensational articles. At the same time, getting news from social media sites is becoming an increasingly common experience. This panel will cover social media’s role as a platform for time-critical and quickly shareable information, and the impartiality and fairness of news delivered through social media.

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3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. State of Media in the Middle East and Gulf
Particularly after the Arab Spring, authoritarian elites in the Middle East have realized how media threatens their rule, and as such have repressed and persecuted media in the name of combatting misinformation and fake news. Armed conflicts, terrorism charges against journalists and media, and growing online surveillance and censorship, threaten the freedom and independence of journalists in the Middle East. The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018 demonstrated the risks that journalists take in investigating and reporting on behalf of the public in the region. This panel will shed light on media repression in the Middle East and Gulf, and offer ways in which the US and EU might respond.

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Reception

 

Day 2

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. In Memoriam to Journalists Killed in 2018

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Rule of Law and the Media: How Best to Protect Journalists
In certain regions, the lack of proper follow-up by law enforcement and the judiciary has become a new normal. For 2018 in Europe, there were 26 alerts where state authorities failed to identify, prosecute or punish those responsible for crimes against journalists, including 17 individual cases involving murder. In addition to a lack of legal enforcement, laws that threaten to criminalize journalism as defamation continues to threaten journalistic integrity. This panel will look at the legal framework which allows would-be assailants to operate with impunity, and how a faulty rule of law can lead to the repression of media.

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11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Illiberal Democracy: Editorial Independence and Europe
In the 1980s, the European Union began to observe issues of media concentration and pluralism as potentially affecting freedom of expression and media freedom. In spite of the media regulations that the European Union has put in place, governments of certain EU countries used repressive laws and organizational capture to influence media in the government’s favor. This panel will explore the challenges journalists and media face in these countries, and what can be done to protect the press in illiberal democracies.

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3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Role of Media in the Arab Springs: What’s Next?
Though media played a key role in mobilizing protests during the Arab Spring, it also played a key role in the faltering transition processes that followed as conflicts sprang up in the ensuing power vacuums in parts of the region. Instead of supporting the crafting of new identities and institutions, or holding emergent regimes to account, the media contributed to social polarization, discontent, and the doubling-down of authoritarian forces. Transnational broadcasting, pervasive social media, and division over Islamist movements all contributed to the debilitating role of media in the post-Arab Spring environment.

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6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Award Ceremony and Reception


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