Is the Media a Participant or an Observer in Global Conflicts?
It is difficult to imagine modern politics without the active participation of the media. Increasingly, the media not only performs an informational function but may also act as a participant in conflicts. Can we say that the media in the 21st century are merely observers of global affairs, covering international conflicts in an unbiased manner? What is the impact of media companies as information wars become increasingly important strategically and episodes have increased in frequency? If the media is indeed the fourth pillar of power, is the responsible use of the media essential to the world order? How might changes in the media impact global politics?
Mikhail Gusman, Chairman, Russian National Committee of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication; Vice-President, News Agency World Council (NACO)
Clive Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Press Association Group
Armela Krasniqi, General Director, Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA)
Sergey Mikhaylov, General Director, Russian News Agency TASS
Gary Pruitt, President, Chief Executive Officer, Associated Press (AP)
José Manuel Sanz, Director of International Relations, EFE
Hiroki Sugita, Executive Director, Kyodo News
Fabrice Fries, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, AFP