PANEL 1:

TERRORISM, WAR AND OTHER CONFLICTS – EXISTENTIAL THREAT FOR JOURNALISM

Growth of terrorism, emerging wars and other conflicts, as well as the resurfacing of extremist forces raise the questions of the role and position of media and journalists which, embodying freedom of speech and other fundamental freedoms and rights principles and being the bearers of democratic values, often become the targets of attacks themselves. At the 2016 International Festival of Local Televisions, the role of journalism in this new situation will be analysed and discussed, with the aim of finding some conclusions and providing some guidance for journalists working in these difficult times.


PANEL 2:

REFUGEE AND MIGRANT CRISIS THROUGH THE EYES OF MEDIA

V4 countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) have strictly rejected the EU’s refugee redistribution mechanism, justifying this attitude by the need to protect their respective countries from radical Islamists infiltrated among the refugees and economic migrants. The countries which have borne the biggest part of the refugee burden have seen this as the lack of solidarity. Different approaches and the crisis of trust can lead to an even deeper division of Europe and even the collapse of Schengen Area, resulting in multiple negative political, economic and security consequences. The Festival aspires to focus on the role of media not only with regard to informing on the refugee drama but also with respect to the atmosphere and attitudes of the public. Particular attention will be paid to the questions of media ethics when it comes to this issue.