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On terrorism, war and conflicts, role of the media

On 8th June, 2017 IVO President Grigorij Mesežnikov attended the 23rd International Golden Beggar  Festival, held in Košice (7th – 10th  June 2017). The event was organized by the City TV Foundation with the support of the Košice Self-Governing Region in partnership with other organizations (see more about the festival in: www.festival.sk).

IVO president took part in the panel Terrorism, War and Other Conflicts and Critical Situations – the Existential Threat for Journalism.  

From the catalog of the festival:

Panel Discussion 1:  Terrorism, War And Other Conflicts and Critical Situations – the Existential Threats For Journalism  

Growth of terrorism, emerging wars and other conflicts, as  well as the resurfacing of extremist forces raise the questions of  the  role  and  position  of  media  and  journalists   which, embodying freedom of speech and other fundamental  freedoms  and  rights  principles  and  being  the  bearers  of democratic values, often become the targets of attacks themselves. 

At the 2017 International Festival of Local Televisions,  the  role  of  journalism  in  this  new  situation will  be  analyzed  and  discussed,  with  the  aim  of  finding  some  conclusions and  providing  some guidance  for  journalists  working in these difficult times.


  • Grigorij Mesežnikov - president of IVO, Slovakia
  • Jozef Klavec - political scientist, Faculty of Social Sciences, Trnava, Slovakia
  • Vladimír Barovič - associate professor, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Eduard Chmelár - political scientist, Slovakia
  • Vladimír Malíček - political scientist, Department of Social Sciences Academy of the Police Force in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Jűrgen Linke -  journalist, Open Channels for Europe!, Germany

Moderator: Samo Kolár, independent journalist, Slovakia

Download: Catalog of the Golden Beggar Festival

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