Lecture 'CERISE Lecture: Russia’s war on independent media: How to survive the long winter.'

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Alumni , Business , Press , Employees , Students
26-10-2021 from 19:00 to 20:30
Zebrastraat, Zebrastraat 32/001, 9000 Gent
International Relations Office Ghent University - Russia Platform
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Galina Timchenko, CEO of the Meduza independent news agency, will be delivering a lecture on the state of affairs in the media background in Russia.

She will portray the evolution of the political landscape in Russia and introduce such novel concepts as the ‘new iron curtain’, ‘sleeping laws’ and ‘foreign agents’ which appear quintessential for a media business in Russia. A particular emphasis will be put on the idea of the new reality constructed by the official government-run media implying the creation of the ‘enemy face’ of the Western world. She will also dwell on possible outcomes of such restrictions for the media and IT businesses under siege, and will suggest three ways of survival for the media labeled as ‘foreign agents’. Apart from that, the consequences that the repression of the media may produce on the society and journalism in the country, as well as possible scenarios of resistance to it will be touched upon. The question whether independent media have a future in Russia remains the most controversial issue.

Moderator: prof. em. Dirk Voorhoof (Human Rights Centre UGent, ECPMF en Legal Human Academy)

This event is co-organized with UGent Human Rights Research Network

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