M100 Sanssouci Colloquium and M100 Media Award 2023


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#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