PANEL 1:

TERRORISM, WAR AND OTHER CONFLICTS CRITICAL SITUATIONS THAT ARE EXISTENTIAL THREATS 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 2017 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

Situation regarding the ongoing migration crisis in Europe has developed and most EU countries currently see the importance of responsibility sharing and searching for common solutions of refugee-related issues.

The EU Malta summit has indicated that the topics related to the asylum policy reform and refugee quota, which have been dividing Europe, have recently taken a back seat. Focus has shifted to external borders protection, stopping of migration flows in the countries of origin and the more active EU involvement in the search for a durable solution to be applies in the countries most refugees flee from.

This approach can be seen as a confirmation of the Union of Values and shall allow for a consistent implementation of the open door policy by individual member states. Rigorous border protection and strengthening of the feeling of safety and security, which EU citizens are entitled to, will narrow down the space for xenophobic and extremist forces which, inter alia, are using the growing anti-refugee moods as means to their end.