Event: Refugees, Media & International Law

Public Event 0n 2 December 2015:  Refugees, Media and International Law

More than 10 million children in the world are refugees out of a total of 20 million, according to the latest UNHCR data (2014). Europe is witnessing a tiny part of this number of people on forced dislocations, yet the numbers are still high: 660.000 refugees and migrants have sought safe passage to Greece this year. On a dangerous journey towards central and northern Europe through the Mediterranean Sea, around 3000 people are reported dead or missing. In Spielfeld, on the Austrian border with Slovenia, 3800 refugees are waiting for transportation means to move forward.

The “refugee crisis” is forcing Europe to come face to face with its strength to uphold Human Rights and European values of protecting the vulnerable, and with its political will to confront hate speech and racist attacks.

The Media are central in shaping public opinion, providing information and making diverse voices heard. They also have an important role to play in supporting society to deal with social change, by generating and fostering public debate, while upholding democratic values. But, do they fulfil their role and if so, how do they achieve that?

Journalism’s duty is to present multiple perspectives and first-hand experiences, acting as a positive force in times of uncertainty and turbulence. Crucial to this process is the place of editorial decisions on approaching and covering the crisis. How can journalism counteract hate speech?

Join us for this Round Table, as we seek to find answers, offer examples of positive change and put together the mosaic of truth.


– Mag. Joanna Bostock, Chief Editor Reality Check FM4, ORF

– Prof. Gabor Halmai, Professor of Constitutional Law and Fundamental Rights Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Senior Visiting Fellow Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) Vienna.

– Tawanda Kanhema, MA  Al Jazeera,  AJ+ producer in charge of digital content, San Francisco

– Mag. Olivera Stajic-Fidler, Editorial Director DaStandard, Editor-in-chief derStandard.at

– Dr. Birgit Wolf, InterEuropean Human Aid Association e.V., Lecturer in Communication Donau- Universität Krems

Moderation: Univ. Prof. Dr. Katharine Sarikakis

December 2, 2015


Hörsaal 1, Department of Communication

Währingerstrasse 29, 1090 Vienna

Informal reception will follow

Contact information: Dr. Olga Kolokytha  olga.kolokytha@univie.ac.at

The event is organised by the Media Governance and Industries Research Lab, Department of Communication, University of Vienna. http://mediagovernance.univie.ac.at

Photo credit: Martin Valentin Fuchs, Zákány | Hungary, 16/10/2015


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