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The ECPMF’s NEWSOCRACY event is devoted to discuss media ownership as a topic affecting many European countries, enabling us to assess if and to what extent conflicts of interest may undermine the independence of the information we consume. The NEWSOCRACY event in Prague focuses on new forms of media owners as well as on implications of media ownership concentration on local/regional journalism. Through hands-on knowledge exchange we aim to come up with constructive approaches to promote media plurality.
Friday, December 14 • 10:15am - 11:45am
Session I: A new class of media owners? Panel discussion

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We see a new era of media ownership that is characterised by the extinction of the old school publisher, who was told to treat journalism and journalistic reputation as a precious good that earned him a lot of influence and money. Also due to the enormous economic pressure (created by digitalisation and partly by political elites to influence the market) we register a change in media ownership and find new types. What was formerly the exception is now the rule : media owners with special interests. The panel discussion aims to address how local elites, oligarchs, foreign/cross-border owners, mix companies, governmental stakeholders, ... may influence the media markets - including challenges and opportunities in Europe.

Moderators
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Lutz Kinkel

Managing Director, European Centre for Press & Media Freedom (ECPMF)
Lutz represents and manages the ECPMF. Lutz worked in German press for more than 20 years, giving special focus to the areas of politics and media. He was an editor at Spiegel-Online and tagesschau.de and more recently head of the stern-online office in Berlin. He did his Masters... Read More →

Speakers
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Mark Dekan

CEO, Ringier Axel Springer Media AG
Mark Dekan in his role as CEO of Ringier Axel Springer Media AG is responsible for the CentralEastern European Joint Venture between Axel Springer and Ringier, the biggest digital mediacompany in CEE. In addition, he holds the position of CEO of Ringier Axel Springer Polska, managingone... Read More →
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Maria Donde

Vice-Chair, European Platform for Regulatory Authorities (EPRA)
Maria works for the UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) as Head of International Content Policy, covering media, content and broadcasting issues. She leads on Ofcom’s engagement with other European media regulators, most particularly through EPRA, as well as international bodies... Read More →
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Kjersti Løken Stavrum

CEO and Member of Board, Tinius Trust
CEO at the Tinius Trust and Blommenholm Industrier. Former secretary general of the Norwegian Press Association. Member of the board of Ethical Journalism Network and PEN Norway. Various managerial positions within Norwegian media, incl. editor in Aftenposten, Oslo. Former head of... Read More →
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Agnes Urban

Economist, Mertek Media Monitor
Associate professor and chair of the Infocommunications Department at the Corvinus University of Budapest (BCE). Agnes received her Master’s Degree from BCE in 1998, and followed up with a PhD degree that was awarded a grade of summa cum laude in 2006. She is an instructor of the... Read More →


Friday December 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Impact Hub Prague Drtinova 557/10, 150 00 Praha 5, Czechia