This session features an English-language lecture by Christophe Leclercq
The last Festival of Ideas on Europe session in 2019 assessed the state & future of Europe’s media. Focusing on the relationship between media ownership, social media, information access and democracy, the founder of EURACTIV, Christophe Leclercq, looked at how media outlets can come to grips with new circumstances and why information policy should be a priority for the EU in 2019-2024.
This evening formed part of the Festival of Ideas on Europe. We will produce English-language video highlights of this and other Festival of Ideas on Europe discussions in May/June and you can find out more about the festival, its other events, upcoming media and live streams on our festival page at https://www.tttdebates.org/festival-of-ideas-on-europe/
The future of the media in Europe - what can be done against the pressure of foreign influence, disinformation and social networks?
The owners of some of Europe's largest media outlets are from the US, Russia, Japan, even Egypt. At the same time, disinformation pressure undermines confidence in the authority of European media. Media outlets have found themselves in battle with search engines and social networks and the boom in consumer content provides a new challenge for journalism. How can media outlets succeed in this new environment and, given the relationship between media, online debate and democracy, should information policy be a priority for the EU in 2019-2024?
Christophe Leclercq - Founder of the EURACTIV media network & President of the EURACTIV Foundation
Alongside his work for EURACTIV, Leclerq is active as an adviser & commentator. Since January 2018, Christophe Leclercq has also been one of the experts in the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group (HLEG), formed to combat the spread of disinformation. He leads the EU’s #Media4EU and Stars4Media(Erasmus4Media) projects and teaches at the Institut d'Etudes Européennes at the Université libre de Bruxelles.