The 2nd Eastern Partnership Media Conference will take place in Kyiv on 13 September 2017 bringing together more than 350 participants from the partner countries and the European Union. The conference is an event building up to the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit to be held in Brussels in November this year, and the discussions and findings will provide a basis for further considerations at the Summit.

The event is organised by the European Commission with the direct support of the European External Action Service and the Government of Ukraine.

The overall goal of the conference is to draw the attention of EU member states and partner countries to the importance of concrete support to independent media and professional journalism with a view to enhance citizens’ critical thinking in a democratic society.

The first working session will be devoted to achieving economic sustainability in independent news and story production under the developing conditions of revolutionary media technologies and media consumption patterns. Media in service to the public will be the subject of the last working session. Particular attention will be paid to the obstacles to reforming the public broadcasting sector and to examining successful cases of reform in EU member states and partner countries.

Four break-out sessions will focus on:

  • comprehensively scrutinising the contemporary pressures on the journalist profession and the needs to adjust the professional skills and working patterns to modern conditions;
  • how to deal with challenges imposed on the communication space by fake news, propaganda and similar, and what should be done in order to ensure undisturbed communication of European values and reform efforts by partners;
  • how to deal with misleading information on social media which are produced with commercial goals, political goals or as result of superstitions and poor quality reporting by media consumers themselves;
  • the support needed by local (and regional) media – a part of the media landscape of great importance for citizens.
The conference will take place on 13 September in the Hilton Kyiv Hotel (30 Tarasa Shevchenka Blvd, Kyiv, Ukraine) and will be a one-day-event.

One day prior to the conference the European Endowment for Democracy will organise a pre-event “Democracy and Propaganda – Can independent media defend universal values?”. This special event will take place in the same premises as the conference from 18:00 to 20:00 on 12 September 2017.

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