The debate entitled "Talking Our Way out of Trouble: How Media Debate Can Combat Intolerance” is organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). It will take place at 18:30h in the Residence Palace and will be opened by EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding.
The debate will focus on the role of the media in intercultural dialogue and in particular the ways in which the media can contribute to the fight against the stereotypes and prejudices which feed conflict and intolerance. Journalists need to navigate with care around racism and extremism, while reporting fairly the mosaic of languages, religion, cultures and different historical perspectives that shape modern society. Many newspapers, broadcasters and other media outlets have failed to take up the challenge of portraying the global social revolution. Instead of challenging ignorance, media on occasions stoke the fires of intolerance and racism.
Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media will open the debate and will be followed by expert input from Bettina Peters, Director of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), Forward Maisokwadzo, Coordinator of the Exiled Journalists’ Network (EJN), Christa Prets, Member of the European Parliament.
The series of Brussels Debates is one of the core activities of the European Year. Six Debates have already been held this year, covering migration and immigration, the role of arts and culture in intercultural dialogue, inter-religious dialogue, active citizenship and intercultural dialogue in the workplace, multilingualism and the role of education.
For more information on the previous Debates: http://www.interculturaldialogue2008.eu/408.0.html
The Debate will take place in the Polak Room at the Residence Palace, 155 Rue de la Loi at 18.30 on 5th November. It will be moderated by Ms Shada Islam, Senior Programme Executive at the European Policy Centre (EPC) and journalist specialising in EU foreign and development policies, immigration and anti-discrimination issues. The debate will be followed by a reception. It is possible to join the debate by sharing views with others from all over Europe on the Brussels Debate Forum in the official website of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue www.dialogue2008.eu