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A Truthful Press and Media: Misinformation, Disinformation and ‘Truthful Hyperbole’

17 June 2021 | 12.00-15.00 (BST)  | The National  Liberal Club, London / Online


Misinformation and disinformation are with us to stay. Bringing together experts from UK and Europe, this roundtable discussion explores the depth of the problem, how truth and accuracy can be balanced with freedom of speech, and what practical steps can be taken to fight the threat they pose to a liberal society.

A roundtable discussion organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF) with the support of The Paddy Ashdown Forum. Co-funded by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of the programme, or for any use that may be made of it. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/or the European Liberal Forum.

12:00 – Welcome and Introduction

  • Judith Bunting | Moderator, former MEP for SE England, former documentary director for BBC Science
  • Lucy Nethsingha | former Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs
    … and all guests

12:15 FIRST TOPIC – The depth of the problem

  • Martyna Bildziukiewicz | Head of the European External Action Services, East Stratcom Task Force
  • Nick Davies | former special correspondent for The Guardian, author of Flat Earth News
  • Evan Harris | joint Executive Director, Hacked Off
  • Marie Helly | Head of Beyond Fake News, BBC News International
    … and all guests

13:00 SECOND TOPIC – Protection vs free speech

  • Lucy Nethsingha | former Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs
  • Marcus Ryder | Visiting Professor Media Diversity, Sir Lenny Henry Centre, Birmingham City University, former Chief Editor, International Digital News, China Global TV Network
  • Stefanie Boltzen | London correspondent for Die Welt.
    … and all guests

14:00 THIRD TOPIC – What can be done?

  • Kari Kivenen | former Secretary-General of the European School system
  • Lord Richard Allan | European Digital Media Observatory
  • Richard Reeves | CEO Association of Online Publishers
    … and all guests


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