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The Green European Journal and Czech online daily Deník Referendum are co-hosting an international panel in Prague to discuss the role of European media in relation to the climate crisis.
About the event
What is the role of the media in Europe in communicating the climate crisis? What needs to be changed? And how can this be achieved? These and other questions will guide our panel debate, which takes place in prostor39 café and community centre, and features contributions from MEPs, activists, and journalists.
They touch on a wide range of topics, from ownership structures and oligarchisation of the media, to fossil industry disinformation campaigns and the sometimes bizarre consequences of media emphasis on balancing content. Concerns are expressed, but there is also room for hope and solutions. While the internet environment may be prone to opinion bubbles and misinformation, it facilitates diversified news sources and can also give rise to social movements and allow for mobilization. For journalists, informing people of the vital and indisputable science behind climate change is perhaps a way to defend the very need for their profession.
The panel will consist of two MEPs and two journalists. It will be moderated by Zuzana Vlasatá, reporter and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Denik Referendum, and Laurent Standaert, Editor-in-Chief of the Green European Journal.
The panel composition is as follows:
- Bas Eickhout – Dutch MEP for GroenLinks and co-leading candidate for the European Green Party in the last European elections
- Markéta Gregorová – Czech MEP for Česká pirátská strana (Czech Pirate Party) and member of the European Parliament Committee on International Trade
- Aude Massiot – journalist from the international desk of the French daily Libération
- Josef Patočka, climate reporter for Deník Referendum and co-founder of the grassroots anti-coal initiative Limity jsme my
This event is taking place in prostor39 in Prague. The panel and debate are all in English. It is free and open to the public, with no pre-registration necessary.