15 May 2023. We are very much looking forward to working with the Alfred Herrhausen Society at the M100 Media Forum in Tbilisi and the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium in Potsdam!
The M100 Media Forum will take place on 22 June under the M100 annual title “Between Ambition and Disarray: The Future of Democracy” in the Georgian capital. It is jointly organised by the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium, the Institute for Media and Communication Policy (IfM) and the Alfred Herrhausen Society. Cooperation partners are Radio Free Europe and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
Tbilisi is the capital of a young, emerging democracy that is under enormous pressure. Since the Russian invasion in 2008, Georgia has not only had to contend with a constant security threat from Russia, but also with the concrete consequences of the war in Ukraine in the form of tens of thousands of refugees. It is a country with an impressively vibrant civil society and committed journalists who need our support. The conference will bring together media professionals, NGOs, policy makers and the interested public to discuss the future of democracy in an international perspective.
At the M100 Media Forum, we will discuss how to support critical publics and media professionals in countries where media freedom is restricted or threatened. How can the media contribute to democratic change? What role can digital technologies play? And how can foreign reporting help expose abuses and give a voice to local civil society? The results of the Media Forum will feed into discussions at the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium on 14 September.