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Journalism 2.0: Fake News and Democracy in the Digital News Age - Legal and Policy Challenges

A free and functional system for gathering and disseminating information is so essential to fair elections and the representative democracy that is supposed to extend from them that it is shocking that nation states fail to consider media and democracy issues in conjunction with one another. Yet, for the most part, this is the case. Laws and structures that define media systems are rarely updated in meaningful and comprehensive ways; indeed, to the extent that they are changed at all, it is often in response to commercial pressures rather the social concerns.

This disconnect has reached a crisis stage in the United States, as honest observers from across the political spectrum acknowledge when they discuss examples of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, the role that the 24-hour news cycle played in the rise of Donald Trump and the influence of hyper-ideological and hyper-partisan “fake news” on issues that are discussed and votes that are cast. Yet, for the most part, the discussion focuses on outrage and defensiveness rather than serious assessments and problem solving.

Das Carl-Schurz-Haus Freiburg und Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner laden zum Round Table Talk mit John Nichols (American journalist and author. He is the Washington correspondent for The Nation and associate editor of "The Capitol Times". Books authored by Nichols include "The Death and Life of American Journalism".) ein.

Termin und Ort:
6. März, 19 Uhr
Kaiser-Joseph-Straße 284 in Freiburg (Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner)

Der Kurzvortrag und die Diskussion werden in englischer Sprache abgehalten.

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Gerhard Manz

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