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Thursday, May 18


IPI Executive Board Meeting
For IPI Executive Board Members only

Thursday May 18, 2017 09:30 - 16:00
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Thursday May 18, 2017 16:00 - 16:30
Hamburg City Hall, Großer Festsaal


Opening Ceremony

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Carl-Eugen Eberle

Former Director of Legal Affairs, German Television ZDF
Carl-Eugen Eberle was the Director of Legal Affairs of the German television service ZDF from 1990-2011. He was born in Lahr/Baden in June 1946. He studied law at the Universities of Freiburg and Munich and in 1976 he earned his Doctorate at the University of Regensburg. In 1974 he joined the University of Konstanz, where he completed his postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) in Public Law and Administrative Sciences in 1982. The following year he moved to the University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer, and from 1984 to 1990 he was Professor of Public Law and Administrative Sciences at the University of Hamburg. Between 1988 and 1990 he was also the Managing Director of the Institute for Administrative Sciences at the University of Hamburg. Carl-Eugen Eberle was a an IPI Executive Board Member from 2007-2015 and from 2010-2012 he served as Chair of... Read More →
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Nazire Kalkan Gürsel

Wife of imprisoned Turkish journalist & IPI Executive Board Member Kadri Gürsel, International Press Institute (IPI)
Kadri Gürsel, an editorial adviser to and columnist for opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, was detained by police on Oct. 31, 2016. Prosecutors argue that when former Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar took the paper’s helm in 2013, he made it “a defender and protector” of outlawed militant Kurdish and leftist groups, and of the religious sect led by U.S.-based cleric and former Justice and Development Party (AKP) ally Fethullah... Read More →
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Olaf Scholz

First Mayor, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Olaf Scholz was born in Osnabrück, Germany in 1958. After graduating from Hamburg University with a degree in law, he joined the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in 1975, holding several senior positions, including deputy chairman of the party’s youth organisation and secretary general (2002-04). Currently, he is vice chairman of the German SPD and chairman of the Hamburg SPD. From 1998-2001 and 2002-11, he was a member of the German Bundestag, where he held senior positions in the SPD parliamentary group and as federal minister of labour and social affairs. In 2001, he served as... Read More →
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Barbara Trionfi

Executive Director, International Press Institute (IPI)
With an academic background in international relations and human rights, Barbara Trionfi joined the International Press Institute (IPI) in 2000 as a press freedom adviser for the Asia-Pacific region, where she had studied and worked for over two years, carrying out research in the field of human rights and freedom of expression.Later, as press freedom manager, she oversaw... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 16:30 - 17:00
Hamburg City Hall, Großer Festsaal


Town Hall Meeting: Building the Journalism We Need!
Editors and publishers of some of the world’s leading news outlets will discuss with participants their visions for the future of journalism in a town-hall-style debate at Hamburg’s City Hall.

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John Yearwood

President/CEO, Yearwood Media Group
John Yearwood is President and CEO of Yearwood Media Group, a global consulting and conference moderating firm. He is the former World Editor of the Miami Herald and former host of the Herald’s World Desk, which focuses on global issues and newsmakers. Yearwood’s department won numerous awards during his leadership, including two McClatchy Company... Read More →

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Alexandra Borchardt

Managing Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ)
Alexandra Borchardt is managing editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), Germany’s leading quality daily. She is also editor of “Plan W”, an award winning quarterly magazine for women and business, which she launched in 2015. In July, she will join the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford as Director of Strategic Development. Borchardt has worked at SZ for 11 years, holding several positions in the politics and business sections. In her reporting, she focuses on democracy and the internet, the future of work and the gender debate. Before joining SZ, Borchardt worked in several functions for Financial Times Deutschland and the German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Profile photo... Read More →
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Klaus Brinkbäumer

Editor-in-Chief, Der Spiegel
Klaus Brinkbäumer is editor-in-chief of German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel. After studying at the University of California at Santa Barbara (USA), he began his journalistic career with the Abendzeitung in Munich and the Berliner Kurier. In 1993, he switched from the weekly Focus to Der Spiegel, where he first worked as an editor and then as a reporter for the sports, German, foreign and society desks. In 2007, he became Der... Read More →
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Joan Chirwa

Editor-in-Chief & CEO, The Mast
Joan Chirwa is editor-in-chief and CEO of the newly-established independent newspaper The Mast, founded late last year as the successor to The Post, which was placed under liquidation in November 2016 following years of official harassment over its critical reporting. Before taking on her current position, she served as managing editor of The Post, where she began as a correspondent and worked for 11 years, quickly rising through the ranks. After the closure of The... Read More →
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James Harding

Director, BBC News & Current Affairs, BBC News
James Harding joined the BBC as director of news and current affairs in August 2013. Prior to this appointment, he was editor of The Times from Dec. 2007 to Dec. 2012, having joined the newspaper in 2006 as business and city editor. He also worked at the Financial Times (FT) for several years, as Washington bureau chief from 2002-04 and before that as media editor. From 1996-99, he was a correspondent in China, where he opened the Shanghai bureau for the FT... Read More →
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Mukund Padmanabhan

Editor, The Hindu
Mukund Padmanabhan is editor of The Hindu, one of India’s largest English-language newspapers, which was founded in 1878. Earlier, he was editor of The Hindu BusinessLine, a business daily published by the same group.  After his studies in Chennai, Delhi and at the London School of Economics, he worked briefly as a lecturer at the University of Delhi before switching to journalism. Padmanabhan writes about politics, legal affairs and literature. He is an adjunct faculty of the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, where he teaches law and advanced writing to post-graduate... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
Hamburg City Hall, Großer Festsaal


Awards Ceremony
Presentation of the IPI Press Freedom Hero & Free Media Pioneer Awards, in partnership with Copenhagen-based International Media Support (IMS),

Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega, who has been imprisoned since 2011 after criticising his country’s abuse of anti-terror laws to silence the press, has been named the International Press Institute (IPI)’s 69th World Press Freedom Hero.

The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee is the recipient of the 2017 Free Media Pioneer Award in recognition of the group’s courageous and trailblazing work to prevent, combat and monitor attacks on journalists in one of the world’s most dangerous media environments.

Read more here.

Thursday May 18, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Hamburg City Hall, Großer Festsaal



(registered participants only)

Thursday May 18, 2017 20:00 - 22:30
"Parlament" Restaurant
Friday, May 19


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Friday May 19, 2017 09:00 - 09:30
House of the Patriotic Society (Foyer)


Relationship Between News Media, Social Media and News Aggregators: It's Complicated
Has social media swallowed both the news and advertising revenue?  Who's providing the content? Who's reaching the audience? Could algorithms have editorial judgement? The relationship is burdened by many questions and will be discussed from different standpoints.

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Espen Egil Hansen

Editor-in-Chief and CEO, Aftenposten
Espen Egil Hansen is editor-in-chief of Aftenposten, Norway’s largest circulation newspaper. He joined Aftenposten after more than 20 years at the Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang (VG). His final job at VG was heading VG Nett, the paper’s online news site. In September, 2016, he made worldwide headlines when he openly challenged... Read More →
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Gerrit Rabenstein

Head of Strategic Partnerships, News & Publishing, Google
Gerrit Rabenstein supports Google's partners in the publishing and news industry in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as part of the newly founded Digital News Initiative. He moved to Google in 2012 after holding various management positions in the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.
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Patrick Walker

Director of Media Partnerships, EMEA, Facebook
Patrick Walker has over 20 years of experience in the television, radio and online media industry. As Director of Media Partnerships at Facebook, he is responsible for leading content partnerships with media companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa across news, sports and entertainment. He develops publishing and audience development strategies for products including Facebook Video, Instant Articles, Instagram, 360 Video and virtual reality. After a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, he began his career in media and technology as a TV producer for... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
House of the Patriotic Society (*Reimarus Room)


IPI Conversation with...
This half hour session is reserved for a discussion with high profile speakers on significant developing stories.

Friday May 19, 2017 10:30 - 11:00
House of the Patriotic Society (*Reimarus Room)


After-panel Interviews
Morning plenary session speakers available for pre-scheduled individual interviews.

Friday May 19, 2017 10:30 - 11:30
House of the Patriotic Society (Tonnies Room)


Grab some coffee and a snack

No time for breaks, but feel free to grab some coffee and a snack served in the foyer!

Friday May 19, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
House of the Patriotic Society (Foyer)


Terrorism & News Media: Publishing News, Publicizing Terrorism
How can we cover terrorism without giving too much power to the perpetrators? Are some news media narratives fuelling terrorist attacks? Do we need strict reporting guidelines about terrorism in the news? Best practices and challenges.

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Ute Brucker

Head of Foreign News Department, SWR
Ute Brucker was born in Tübingen, Germany. After completing her studies in German and Romance languages, she began her journalistic career at the Tübingen regional studio of German public broadcaster Südwestfunk (SWF). After internships in France and Baden-Baden, she switched to television in 1995 and has worked as a foreign editor at SWR since 1996. She moderated the SWR programs "Blickpunkt Europa" and "Euro.Land" (2001-02), as well as "Europamagazin" for the TV channel Das Erste. She produced reports for SWF and Das Erste in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, including several times as a correspondent in Cairo and during the Iraq war in 2003 as a reporter in Baghdad and Jordan. From 2004-08, she directed the Madrid studio of the ARD consortium of public broadcasters. In January 2009, she took over the management of the TV world affairs program "Weltspiegel". In addition, she has been head of the... Read More →

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Mahfuz Anam

Editor & Publisher, The Daily Star
Mahfuz Anam is editor and publisher of The Daily Star, the largest circulated English-language newspaper in Bangladesh. Under his editorship (1993 to date), The Daily Star has become the most respected and trusted English-language newspaper in the country and his occasional column "Commentary" enjoys a wide following. He began his journalism career in 1972 as a correspondent for the Bangladesh Observer and later as assistant editor of the Bangladesh Times before embarking on a 14-year career with UNESCO, working in various public affairs and media capacities in Paris, New York and Bangkok. Anam co-founded The Daily Star in 1991 and was named publisher and CEO of Mediaworld Ltd, the owning company of The Daily Star, in 1998. He is the founding president of the Newspapers Owners Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) and current secretary general of the... Read More →
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Davan Maharaj

Editor-in-Chief & Publisher, Los Angeles Times
A 27-year veteran of the Los Angeles Times, Davan Maharaj oversees the largest daily newsgathering organisation in the Western United States. The Los Angeles Times Media Group includes the flagship Los Angeles Times and latimes.com; Times Community News, which consists of six suburban daily and weekly newspapers and websites; and the Spanish-language Hoy and Fin de Semana newspapers and websites. Before being named editor in 2011, Maharaj served as managing editor, business editor, assistant foreign editor and as a reporter in Orange County, Los Angeles and... Read More →
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Hélène Sallon

Middle East Correspondent, Le Monde
Hélène Sallon is a Middle East correspondent for French daily newspaper Le Monde, where she covers Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Egypt, among other countries. Before joining Le Monde in 2010, she lived and conducted academic research in Israel/Palestine (2003-08) and Egypt (1999-2000... Read More →
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Elmar Theveßen

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, ZDF German Television
Elmar Theveßen began his career in TV journalism in 1991 at ZDF’s offices in the former German capital of Bonn, covering domestic politics and security issues. As ZDF’s North America correspondent based in Washington from 1995-2001, he reported not only on the Clinton administration, the internet boom, and various social and economic issues, but also on the bomb attacks in Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Kenya, and Tanzania. In May 2001... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
House of the Patriotic Society (*Reimarus Room)


Presentation: Looking for Start-ups to Shake up the Media Industry

What's next? How will we reach audiences in the future? What will the business models look like? We don't know yet, but the next media accelerator (nma) aims to find those start-ups that will shake up the media industry. Teams from all over Europe and Israel will come to Hamburg for a six-month program, where nma will help them grow. Find out what the nma team have learned in the past two years and how they are trying to shape the future of the media industry.

next media accelerator (nma) is initiated by the German Press Agency (dpa) and founded in 2015 in Hamburg by several media companies. The program is looking for scalable companies that bring innovation to the media industry and look for international markets.

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Nico Lumma

COO, next media accelerator GmbH
Nico Lumma hasn’t been offline since 1995.  An important member of the German startup scene for 15 years, he most recently helped launch the mobile classifieds app Stuffle. Lumma is a columnist for Bild.de, covering digital society, the Internet and innovation, and he is one of... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
House of the Patriotic Society (Kirchhof Room)


After-panel Interviews
High profile speakers from the previous session (IPI Conversation with...) available for pre-scheduled individual interviews.

Friday May 19, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
House of the Patriotic Society (Tonnies Room)


Does That Banner Yet Wave? The U.S. First Amendment as a Global Model
During the 2016 presidential campaign in the United States, candidate Donald Trump called for “loosening up” libel laws to make it easier for public officials to sue the media successfully. As president, he has ordered government agencies not to communicate with the public or press, and he and members of his administration have almost daily accused the mainstream press of delivering “fake news” and being dishonest. Meanwhile, several state legislatures are considering bills that would put greater restrictions on citizens’ right to protest. All of this pressure on freedom of speech calls into question the United States’ position as a leader in promoting free expression around the world, which is sometimes referred to as “First Amendment exceptionalism.” If this leadership role is diminished, what effect could this have on efforts to strengthen protections for free expression elsewhere in the world?
Organised in partnership with the Media School at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

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Anthony Fargo

Associate Professor, Indiana University
Anthony L. Fargo is an associate professor of journalism in The Media School at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. He also is the director of the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies at IU. He earned his MA and Ph.D. at the University of Florida and his BA at Morehead State University. He has published numerous scholarly articles on the legal implications of... Read More →

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Daoud Kuttab

Director General, Community Media Network
An award-winning Palestinian journalist and media activist, Daoud Kuttab is the director-general of Community Media Network (CMN), a non-profit dedicated to advancing independent media in the Middle East. CMN is registered in both Jordan and Palestine and administers Amman.net and Radio Al Balad. Amman.net, which Kuttab established in 2000, was the Arab... Read More →
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Ashley Messenger

Senior Associate General Counsel, NPR
Ashley Messenger is senior associate general counsel at U.S. public radio network NPR, specialising in First Amendment, music, and media law issues. She previously served as editorial counsel to U.S. News & World Report and was the McCormick-Tribune Fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Early in her career, she was a commercial radio talk show host (KTEG-FM, Albuquerque). She is an adjunct professor in the journalism school at American University and has previously taught media law at George Washington University and George Mason University. She has also taught First Amendment law at the University of Michigan Law School. Messenger is the author of a textbook explaining First Amendment and media law principles... Read More →
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Amy Kristin Sanders

Associate Professor in Residence, Journalism Program, Northwestern University in Qatar
Amy Kristin Sanders is an award-winning U.S. journalist and licensed attorney. Before joining the faculty of Northwestern University in Qatar, she earned tenure at the University of Minnesota, where her research focused on the intersection of law and new technology as it relates to media freedom. Specifically, she studies offensive speech on the Internet, social media, telecommunication regulation and media policy. In addition to her research, she advises organisations on media law and ethics, serving as an expert witness and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, international governments and law firms regarding regulatory proceedings, policy development and pending litigation. At NU-Q, she has developed and taught courses on comparative media law, media ethics, sports and the media, and media and society. | | *Northwestern University in Qatar is... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
House of the Patriotic Society (Kirchhof Room)


Quality Journalism in Insecure Times: New Ways Forward

Around the world, quality journalism is being challenged from all sides. The economic crisis, fuelled by rapid digital change, is putting pressure on traditional media. Connected with the rise of social media, trust in professional journalism is in decline. Moreover, political pressures are restricting freedom of expression in an increasing number of countries. What are the promising new business models and alternative media concepts that can support media professionalism and sustainability?
Organised in partnership with the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS).

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Christian Spahr

Director Media Program SEE, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Christian Spahr is director of the Media Program South East Europe of the German think tank Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), supporting quality journalism and media diversity. Prior to this, he was spokesperson at the German high-tech association BITKOM and business editor with one of... Read More →

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Anna Babinets

Editor, OCCRP
Based in Kiev, Ukraine, Anna Babinets is a reporter for and co-founder of the independent investigative journalism agency Slidstvo.Info. Since 2015, she has worked as a regional editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), an investigative reporting platform. She specialises in corruption in the Ukrainian Army, security sector and oil and gas market. She is a member of YanukovychLeaks team that recovered thousands of documents left behind by... Read More →
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Branko Brkic

Editor, Daily Maverick
Branko Brkic is founder and editor of the Daily Maverick, a Johannesburg, South Africa-based daily online newspaper founded in October 2009. Prior to that, he published and edited the now-defunct South African business magazine Maverick from 2005 to 2008. Brkic started his career publishing fiction and non-fiction books in what was then Yugoslavia before moving to South Africa in 1991. He launched Timbila, the South African National Parks magazine, in 1998 and Brainstorm, South... Read More →
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Florian Nehm

Head of Corporate Sustainability & EU-Affairs, Axel Springer SE
Florian Nehm is Head of Corporate Sustainability and EU-Affairs at Axel Springer SE, one of Europe’s leading multimedia publishing houses with headquarters in Berlin. After earning his M.S. in Economics at Colorado State University, he began his career in journalism at German nat... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
House of the Patriotic Society (*Reimarus Room)


IPI Welcoming New Members
Get to know the IPI team over an informal meet up! We’ll serve coffee and cookies and talk about our programmes, campaigns and projects, and explore ways that you can become more involved in the IPI network and support our work. We have special membership fees for IPIWoCo2017 participants interested in joining our network (100 EUR for one year).
Don't leave Hamburg without your IPI membership card! We will prepare one for you on the spot. 
Learn more about IPI membership here.  

Friday May 19, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
House of the Patriotic Society (Tonnies Room)



Journalism Beyond Spin & Propaganda: How Can Truth Stand Out?
Propaganda masquerading as news, the orchestrated distribution of fake content, the deployment of troll armies to smear journalists and media houses on social media – all tactics in an information war being waged by powerful state and non-state actors with clear and aggressive agendas. How can quality journalism counter the propaganda and disinformation? How can we make truth stand out?

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Johannes Hano

Bureau Chief New York, ZDF
Since September 2014, Johannes Hano has headed New York/Canada office of ZDF. Before coming to the US, he was based for eight Years in Beijing as ZDF Bureau Chief East Asia. He worked for ZDF's primetime investigative news show "Frontal 21" and as a political correspondent in Berlin. He has... Read More →

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Piia Elonen

Editor, Helsingin Sanomat
Piia Elonen is editor on the political and economic news desk at Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s largest national daily newspaper, where she leads a team of 15 staff members. Prior to that, she worked as a political journalist covering economic policy, including the state budget and taxation, and later as assistant news editor on the same desk. Previous posts at Helsingin Sanomat included staff writer on domestic news, business reporter and online reporter. She also worked as a staff writer at... Read More →
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Sang Mok Lee

Weekend News Anchor & News Editor, Chosun Broadcasting Company (TV Chosun)
Sang Mok Lee is currently weekend news anchor and news editor at TV Chosun, a national cable TV network owned by a consortium led by Chosun Ilbo. In 2015, he worked as a correspondent for TV Chosun at the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG), focusing especially on North Korean... Read More →
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Edward Lucas

Senior Editor, The Economist
Edward Lucas is a senior editor at the London-based weekly magazine The Economist. His expertise includes energy, cyber-security, espionage, Russian foreign and security policy, and the politics and economics of Eastern Europe. He is also a senior vice-president at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), an independent, non-profit policy research... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
House of the Patriotic Society (*Reimarus Room)


After-panel Q&A
Previous session speakers available for individual interviews

Friday May 19, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
House of the Patriotic Society (Tonnies Room)


Grab some coffee and a snack

No time for breaks, but feel free to grab some coffee and a snack served in the foyer!

Friday May 19, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
House of the Patriotic Society (Foyer)


When Journalists Seek Refuge (Focus on Syria)
Hundreds of journalists have been forced into exile, escaping war, destruction, attacks and death threats; many of them choose Germany as their second home. Exiled from their homelands they face numerous obstacles (bureaucracy, language barriers, lack of social capital, cultural differences, unemployment, etc.) How can exiled journalists contribute to the news and serve the public good? Couldn't they contribute better insights into certain topics, especially with reporting on stories from their countries of origin?

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Yahya Alaous

Syrian Journalist
Based in Berlin since April 2015, Syrian journalist and columnist Yahya Alaous spent two years in prison (2002-04) after writing critical articles on human rights and corruption in Syria. From 2004-12, he was editor-in-chief of the online magazine Thara, which focuses on women's ... Read More →
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Mazen Darwish

President, Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression
Mazen Darwish is a prominent Syrian lawyer and human rights defender who has advocated for media freedom in his country for more than 10 years. He was released from prison in August 2015 after spending nearly three-and-a-half of those years behind bars on spurious terrorism charges. Darwish is the founding president of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), formed in 2004 to protect media freedom and support... Read More →
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Yasmine Merei

Syrian Journalist and Human Rights Activist
Syrian journalist and human rights activist Yasmine Merei fled Syria in 2012, settling first in Lebanon and later Turkey. From 2013-16, she was managing editor of the Syrian women’s magazine Saiedet Souria, working out of Gaziantep (Turkey), Los Angeles and Berlin. She is co-founder of the Forum of Knowledge and Freedom of Expression, a discussion and debate forum on the political situation in Syria. In her work, Merei focuses on sensitive topics in Syrian and Arab... Read More →
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Ines Pohl

Editor-in-Chief, Deutsche Welle
Ines Pohl joined Deutsche Welle (DW) in 2015, first working at the international broadcaster’s bureau in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of Die Tageszeitung for six years. Under her leadership, the national daily newspaper launched a new weekend edition and restructured its... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
House of the Patriotic Society (*Reimarus Room)


Workshop: Enhance Your Reporting with Google News Lab Digital Tools

This Google News Lab session will equip you with practical research tips, case studies and examples from across Europe. We'll point to data journalism tools that can help you research and visualise your ideas, including a deep dive on how Google Trends can compliment your storytelling. From a breaking news situation to a feature length article - learn how Google Maps and Earth Pro images can complement social media posts or add a visual element to your articles. You'll dive in to storytelling with Maps, find examples with StreetView and discover tools where audio brings panoramic images to life.
Organised in partnership with the Google News Lab.

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Isabelle Sonnenfeld

Head of Google News Lab (DACH), Google Germany GmbH
Isabelle Sonnenfeld is the Lead of Google News Lab for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In her position she works with journalists, publishers and media entrepreneurs to empower innovation in journalism. Previously, she worked for Twitter as its Head of News, Government and Po... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 15:00 - 17:30
House of the Patriotic Society (Kirchhof Room)


IPIWoCo Insight: Is Turkey "Growing More Distant"?
Turkey – a challenge for EU diplomacy, a test for Europe’s democracy and a threat to freedom of the media and freedom of expression. Is this candidate for future EU membership growing more distant? As the EU and Turkey focus on internal challenges – the rise of populism shaking up Europe, Erdogan’s controversial reforms reshaping Turkey – are populists on both sides exploiting this political jumble? With political tensions rising, will Europe stand up for Turkey’s imprisoned journalists? Who will call on Erdogan to stop cracking down on free speech? What implications does this have for the future of Turkey and its relations with its neighbours and allies? How can we ensure that fundamental rights and freedoms are not left behind the next time these two sides try to talk to each other?
Organised in partnership with the European Foundation for Democracy

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Zeynep Erdim

Journalist, BBC World Turkey
Zeynep Erdim has covered Turkey and regional developments for the BBC since 2004. After her studies at Ankara University's Faculty of Communications, she worked for Turkish Daily News and UNICEF before joining the BBC. She is currently a field producer for BBC World News in Turkey. | | *Zeynep... Read More →

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Emre Kizilkaya

Digital Content Coordinator, Hurriyet
Emre Kizilkaya is a Turkish journalist based in Istanbul, currently working as the digital content coordinator of Hürriyet, Turkey's largest newspaper, and serving as the vice president of the International Press Institute's (IPI) Turkish National Committee. He previously worked as an editor at... Read More →
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Demir Murat Seyrek

Senior Policy Advisor, European Foundation for Democracy
Demir Murat Seyrek is senior policy advisor at the Brussels-based European Foundation for Democracy. His work focuses on prevention of radicalisation and the role that civil society can play in supporting vulnerable communities to build resilience from within. He also manages a p... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
House of the Patriotic Society (*Reimarus Room)



Reception & World Press Photo Exhibition Private Viewing at G + J Publishing House
IPI World Congress participants will have an exclusive opportunity to see all the iconic photos, winners of the renouned 2017 World Press Photo Contest. Exhibition and the reception are hosted by Gruner + Jahr Publishing House. More information here

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Lars Boering

Managing Director, World Press Photo Foundation
Lars Boering studied communication sciences at the University of Amsterdam. In 1998, he was named curator and later managing director of the Amsterdam Art Foundation, buying photography for their large collection. In 2008, he became an independent advisor and entrepreneur in phot... Read More →
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Julia Jäkel

CEO, Gruner + Jahr
Julia Jäkel studied history, political science and economics at Heidelberg, Harvard and Cambridge universities. She began her career in publishing in 1997 when she joined Bertelsmann’s Young Executive Program, which eventually led her to the publishing house of Gruner + Jahr. By... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 19:30 - 21:30
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Saturday, May 20



Workshop: Alternative Facts - How to Debunk False Information on Social Media

Improve your reporting skills, get tips for checking the reliability of content from social media sources, learn how to debunk false information and fake photos or videos on social networks. 

In this dynamic, two-hour  workshop, Claus Hesseling and Fiete Stegers will discuss seven strategies and tools to help journalists debunk false information. 

Organized in partnership with netzwerk recherche and Interlink Academy.

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Claus Hesseling

Director of Journalism Programs and Principal Trainer, Interlink Academy
Claus Hesseling is director of journalism programs and principal trainer at Interlink Academy, a Hamburg-based non-profit organisation that develops and organises international exchange programs and professional training for journalists. He began his career as an online journalis... Read More →
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Fiete Stegers

Tech Editor and Social Media Expert, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)
Fiete Stegers is tech editor and social media expert at German regional broadcaster NDR, working for its online, radio and TV programs. Previously, he worked for public broadcaster ARD’s news website tagesschau.de, the public broadcasters ZDF and WDR, the news website Spiegel Online, and the daily newspaper Die Tageszeitung... Read More →

Saturday May 20, 2017 09:00 - 11:00
House of the Patriotic Society (Kirchhof Room)


Grab some coffee and a snack

No time for breaks, but feel free to grab some coffee and a snack served in the foyer!

Saturday May 20, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
House of the Patriotic Society (Foyer)


Media Tour of Der Spiegel Magazine
A guided tour of the headquarters and newsrooms of IPI Congress partner DER SPIEGEL Group in Hamburg’s HafenCity.  Alfred Weinzierl, deputy editor-in-chief of DER SPIEGEL, will host and guide the tour and exchange thoughts and information with IPI Congress delegates about the magazine’s current operations and future strategies.

Maximum number of participants: 30 PAX
For registered IPI World Congress participants only. No additional fee.
Pre-registration required. To register, please contact IPI WoCo Team.

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Saturday May 20, 2017 11:00 - 12:30
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Workshop: Media Toolkit - From a Fundamental Rights Angle

The European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), a Vienna-based agency of the European Union, presents the Media Toolkit, a project being developed by journalists for journalists. Together with the participants,the FRA team will use a news example to analyse how to better reflect on the cardinal principles of journalism, such as truth and accuracy, fairness and impartiality, humanity (being aware of the impact of our words or images on others), and accountability. The discussion at this session will help to provide feedback for the development of an online educational platform to be included in the Toolkit.

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Robert Holloway

Consultant, European Fundamental Rights Agency
Robert Holloway, a British-born French citizen, spent most of his career in journalism, chiefly with international news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), where he worked for 33 years. Among the positions he held were foreign editor, deputy managing editor, head of the English-language desk and UN correspondent. He coordinated... Read More →
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Blanca Tapia

Programme Manager, Fundamental Rights Promotion Dept., FRA
Since July 2016, Blanca Tapia is Programme Manager at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), one of the EU’s decentralised agencies set up to provide expert advice to the institutions of the EU and the Member States. Previously, she was FRA Spokesperson/Media Man... Read More →

Saturday May 20, 2017 11:00 - 12:30
House of the Patriotic Society (Tonnies Room)



Building Audiences, Promoting Values

As information, opinions and propaganda are increasingly intertwined on social and other media, have quality information and news lost value for our audiences? Can broadcast media build audiences, who cherish quality, in-depth journalism and develop the skills needed to recognize it? Are we successful in disseminating the values of public-interest journalism?

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Silvia Grundmann

Head of Media and Internet Division, Council of Europe
Silvia Grundmann works for the Council of Europe in Strasbourg as Head of the Media and Internet Division. She holds both German law degrees with distinction, a Master of Common Law from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and she passed the New York State Bar Exam. For her PhD thesis she analyzed competition laws. Silvia worked as a lawyer in private practice in Brussels, Washington D.C. and... Read More →

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David Jordan

Director, Editorial Policy & Standards, BBC
David Jordan became the BBC’s Director of Editorial Policy & Standards in October 2007. Prior to that, he had been Controller of Editorial Policy since December 2005 and the BBC’s Chief Adviser, Politics for the two previous years. He began his career in television journalism on London Weekend... Read More →
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Jean Philip De Tender

Media Director, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
Jean Philip De Tender has been the European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) Media Director since May 2015. He heads the EBU’s Media Department, which consolidates the activities of the organisation’s television and radio departments, news services and training. In a media career spanning more than 25 years, he has presented and produced TV content, provided strategic advice, and played an active role in the EBU community. Between... Read More →

Saturday May 20, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
House of the Patriotic Society (Kirchhof Room)


Preventing Radicalisation - Empowering Alternative Voices
Effective counter-terrorism strategies require the participation of a broad range of actors, including civil society. At the core of such strategies is the notion that prevention of radicalisation is one of the key priorities and that effective groups and individuals need to be supported and empowered with a view to building resilience within relevant communities. The panel will examine the current challenges in empowering alternative voices across Europe and will offer first-hand experience in working on the ground, both at grassroots level and with policy makers.

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Roberta Bonazzi

President, European Foundation for Democracy
Roberta Bonazzi founded the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) in 2005 and has guided its growth for over a decade. Her expertise focuses on violent radicalisation, foreign relations, democratic reform and extremism. She has directed successful pan-European campaigns on thes... Read More →
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Tehmina Kazi

Policy and Advocacy Officer, Cork Equal and Sustainable Communities Alliance
Tehmina Kazi is a European Foundation for Democracy fellow, human rights activist and writer based in Cork, Ireland. She was director of the registered charity British Muslims for Secular Democracy from May 2009 to August 2016, where she worked to raise awareness of secularism among British Muslims and the wider public. She is a trustee of Hope Not Hate, an advisory board member of the Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks project, an Inclusive Mosque Initiative volunteer, and a former Royal Society of Arts Centenary Young Fellow. Tehmina was named one of the... Read More →
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Andreas Sugar

Head of Rapid Response, International Media Support (IMS)
After a long career in United Nations peacekeeping, Andreas Sugar joined International Media Support (IMS), a Copenhagen, Denmark-based non-profit NGO, in 2011. Having managed programmes in a number of countries, including Yemen, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Somalia, he now heads IMS&rsquo... Read More →

Saturday May 20, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
House of the Patriotic Society (*Reimarus Room)


IPI Executive Board Meeting
New IPI Executive Board Meets to Reconstitute

(for IPI Executive Board Members only)

Saturday May 20, 2017 12:30 - 13:00
House of the Patriotic Society (Tonnies Room)


IPI Welcoming New Members
Get to know the IPI team over an informal meet up! We’ll serve coffee and cookies and talk about our programmes, campaigns and projects, and explore ways that you can become more involved in the IPI network and support our work. We have special membership fees for IPIWoCo2017 participants interested in joining our network (100 EUR for one year).
Don't leave Hamburg without your IPI membership card! We will prepare one for you on the spot. 
Learn more about IPI membership here.  

Saturday May 20, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
House of the Patriotic Society (Tonnies Room)



Conversation on Journalism Safety: Who Wants Safety Protocols?
Experts meeting on newsroom safety protocols.

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John Daniszewski

Vice President/Standards Editor-at-Large, The Associated Press (AP)
John Daniszewski became AP’s vice president for standards and editor at large in July 2016 after more than 10 years as AP’s international editor. Before that, he had spent 20 years as a foreign correspondent for the AP and The Los Angeles Times, covering many of the major international news stories of the time, including the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the upheavals in the Middle East and the wars in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Iraq and Afghanistan. In his current post, Daniszewski, is involved on a daily basis with issues of standards and ethics for the AP, including questions of security for news gatherers, use of social media, fact-checking and the challenges of preserving accurate, provable and objective journalism in a time of great political polarisation. He is also a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board and vice president of the Overseas Press Club... Read More →

Saturday May 20, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
House of the Patriotic Society (Kirchhof Room)


Is Journalism Failing us? Crisis of Trust in the Media
Have the media grown too close to power and too detached from the communities they serve? Claims that the ‘mainstream media’ have helped governments strengthen official policy on important political and social issues are growing. And audiences increasingly feel that their interests are unrepresented in the press, allowing populist politicians to incite anger against quality media and further undermine journalistic credibility when it is needed most. 

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Rochelle Riley

Columnist, Detroit Free Press
Rochelle Riley’s award-winning columns have appeared in the Detroit Free Press and at www.freep.com since 2000. She has worked at the Washington Post, Dallas Morning News and Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, where her debut column calling for a museum to honour native son Muhammad Ali helped spur an $80 million campaign to build the Muhammad Ali Center. Her columns about the fall of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick were part of the entry that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting. A strong advocate for press freedom around the world, Riley is co-chair of the National Association of Black Journalists Global Journalism Task Force, which works to increase the number of minority journalists covering the world. She is a board member of... Read More →


James Ball

Special Correspondent, BuzzFeed UK
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David Schraven

Publisher, CORRECT!V
CORRECTIV is Germanys first non-profit investigative newsroom. David Schraven leads CORRECTIV as publisher. After spending time at taz and Süddeutsche Zeitung he worked as a freelance journalist in the business and North Rhine-Westphalia departments of the Welt-group. While work... Read More →

Saturday May 20, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
House of the Patriotic Society (*Reimarus Room)


Workshop: Hostile Environments & Journalism Safety

Journalism safety is no longer just the preserve of those deploying to war zones and disasters. From the threat of domestic terror attacks to the risks faced by those covering protests to the scourge of online harassment, the front lines are now closer to home.

This scenario-based interactive workshop delivered by experts from the International News Safety Institute's (INSI) will introduce ways that managers and media staff can better prepare themselves and their newsrooms to deal with the physical, emotional and digital threats to journalism safety.

We'll explore how to: 

  • Report safely in dangerous situations
  • Manage a crisis through effecting contingency planning
  • Protect your organisation from hacking and provide good online security to your employees
Organized in partnership with the International News Safety Institute's (INSI)

Care about journalists safety? Sign up to the International Declaration on the Protection of Journalists.

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Joel Whittaker

Security Consultant, INSI
As a security consultant and trainer, Joel Whittaker has worked with a diverse client base, providing security advice and support to media teams, commercial companies and individuals in global hotspots. He has over ten years’ experience in conducting risk assessments, creating local intelligence networks and managing teams in conflict zones across the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, where contingency planning and crisis management are a critical element. He also served as risk consultant to... Read More →

Saturday May 20, 2017 14:00 - 16:00
House of the Patriotic Society (Kirchhof Room)


From Breaking News to Sustained Change
How to Make Investigative Journalism More Effective and Enduring

Excellent journalistic investigation is often carried out by smaller media organisations or individuals who do not have sufficient reach to generate change. How can their independent investigations enter the mainstream media and remain there? What is the role of advocates and campaigners, mainstream and public service media? How can we make investigative journalism more effective in fighting corruption and in leading to the prosecution of perpetrators?

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Aleksei Bobrovnikov

Investigative Journalist, Hamburg Foundation for Politically Persecuted People
Aleksei Bobrovnikov is an award-winning journalist whose life is at risk due to his research about a widespread smuggling and money laundering network in the unstable regions of eastern Ukraine. He has worked as a war correspondent in the Donbass region and as an investigative reporter covering the so-called... Read More →
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Brant Houston

Professor and Knight Chair, University of Illinois
Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois where he teaches investigative and data journalism and oversees an online newsroom. He previously was executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a group of 5,000 members, and before that an award-winning investigative reporter for 17 years. He is co-founder and chair of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and co-author of... Read More →
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Roberto Perez Rocha

Director, Transparency International
Roberto is a Director at Transparency International (TI) and the convener of a new investigative journalists and anticorruption advocate’s network hosted by TI. He is the Director of the International Anti-Corruption Conference Series (IACC). Gathering more than 1,800 people from an average of 140 countries the IACC is the... Read More →
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Jeta Xharra

Country Director, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)
Jeta Xharra is Kosovo director and co-founder of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), a non-profit network supporting free speech, human rights and democratic values in the Balkans. She is also host and editor of “Life in Kosovo”, a popular current affairs program on Kosovo public television that has been on the air since 2005. She began her career in journalism in 1998 as a fixer/local producer for BBC News and Channel 4, later becoming the manager of the... Read More →

Saturday May 20, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
House of the Patriotic Society (*Reimarus Room)