The video of this year’s #M100SC is online!

24 September, 2017. This is the video of this year’s #M100SC! On September 14, almost 80 leading media- and opinion makers, politicians and science representatives from across Europe and the USA have discussed on how political, social and economic developments affect prospects for a free, democratic Europe, offered solutions and brought new approaches to the debate. The M100 Media Award was presented to the founder and CEO of Doshd TV, Natalia Sindeeva.
Walter J. Lindner, State Secretary in the Federal Foreign Office, substituted the deseased Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. BILD Editor-in-Chief Tanit Koch offered a moving laudation.
The conference was supported by the State Capitalof Potsdam, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Federal Foreign Office and the National Endowment for Democracy. Sponsors have been oz capital, medienlabor and Facebook. Cooperation partners are Polis 180, Reporter ohne Grenzen, Sourcefabrik, Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg as well as VDZ. A big thanks to HeyFilm for the creation of the film.

Get insights into the achievements of our 15 journalists of the #M100YEJ

Potsdam, September 21, 2017. During seven days of intensive workshop training of the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop our young journalists from Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia learned a lot on how to finance their own media projects, presented their projects to potential funders and did a 2-day internship in German media outlets. Here you get more insights into their achievements! The video is created by HeyFilm.

Can Dündar: Democratic Turks and Germans should fight together for their values

Potsdam, September 14, 2017. In the opening speech of this year’s M100 Sanssouci Colloquium about “Democracy or  Despotie? The Renaissance of dark Powers”, Turkish journalist Can Dündar accuses the Western societies a lack of fidelity in there own policy values. The “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” has published the speech in full length. Please find the entire speech here.

#M100SC participant Maria Stepanova argues for mutual work of understanding between Russia and the West

“The last years – the grim years in the history of contemporary Russia – were marked with the growing alienation between Russia and the West. Do we still have a chance to keep the dialogue working?  After the times of joint work and fruitful exchange we’re facing disillusionment and disintegration – but that is also something that can be seen as a new challenge. In the dark times it is becoming even more important to continue the mutual work of understanding, to withstand the logic of alienation and incomprehension.”

Maria Stepanova, Editor-in-Chief, Colta.ru, Russia

#M100SC participant Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė about challenges for the West

“Democracy in the West faces various challenges, but it is a normal ongoing process, subject of open discussion. What is amazing is how dark powers manage to use democracy advantages for their purposes. Presenting pure propaganda and disinformation as an “alternative opinion”, trolling and mobbing in news websites and social networks, distorting the truth, trying to influence election results in other democracies. All this brings new challenges – how to limit the effect of dishonest attempts to undermine our core values and protect these values, like freedom of speech, at the same time.”

Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė, Editor-in-Chief, Delfi.lt, Lithuania

Dealing with Fake News: Exclusive Essay for the M100SC by George Tzogopoulos

Potsdam, 4 September, 2017. Greek journalist and author Dr. George Tzogopoulos has written an essay “Dealing with Fake News: Challenges and Opportunities” exclusively for this year’s M100 Sanssouci Colloquium “Democracy or Despotism? The Renaissance of Dark Powers” on 14 September in Potsdam-Sanssouci. Based on numerous studies, Tzogopoulos states that recent shifts in the media landscape and the technology sector have raised concerns about the vulnerability of democratic societies to fake news. Risks are apparent, because trust in traditional media continues to fall and the power of social media is gradually expanding while being considered a facilitating factor for the spread of false stories. Causal connections cannot be proven, but case studies, such as the UK referendum or the US presidential election, suggest that fake news might have an increasing influence on electoral behaviour. However, it is certain that fake news have a great impact on journalism due to new algorithms by social media platforms to sort and target content as well as due to the emergence of social bots being significant in the spread of fake news. Tzogopoulos concludes that existing counter-measures by relevant technology companies and traditional media organisations as well as an ongoing awareness of people for the danger of despotism and fake news raise new hope for the maintenance of strong democracies.

Dr. George Tzogopoulos is Senior Research Fellow at CIFE (Centre international de formation européenne) and Advisor on EU-China Relations as well as founder of chinaandgreece.com, an online platform analyzing Sino-European relations in Greece.
Please read his complete essay here: