Information Inequality: How to Rebalance the Information Landscape Globally

24 May , 16:45–18:00
The Global Economy in an Era of Change
TV Debates of Russia 24 and the Valdai Discussion Club
Pavilion G, Conference Hall G5

Today’s world is unimaginable without intensive information exchange. Information plays more important role than ever before in decision-making in all aspects of life ranging from daily activities to development strategies. In order for its expanding role to be a success, it is crucial that the information is fair and accurate, and that the entire humankind and all nations can equally contribute to its creation. In the modern world, most sources of information are Western and in English, which reduces the effectiveness of international information exchange. There are many reasons why this is the case and in order to achieve a more balanced development of global information this inequality should be overcome. How can this be done and how can we restore trust in information, making it a true and effective instrument for global progress? How can we make the global narrative reflect the factual state of affairs in the world, reflecting the points of view of different countries and global powers in a fair and balanced way?

Evelina Zakamskaya, Editor-in-Chief, Doctor Channel; Anchor, Russia 24

Andrei Bystritsky, Chairman of the Board, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Juan Maria Calvo Roy, International Relations Adviser to the President of EFE Spanish News Agency
Erlan Karin, Chairman, RTRK "Kazakhstan"
Bin Li, Deputy Director, China Global Television Network (CGTN-NEWS)
Margarita Simonyan, Chief Editor, RT Channel; Chief Editor, International Information Agency "Rossiya Segodnya"
Seyyed Zia Hashemi, Director General of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)