The Media War: Clash of Realities in the Ukraine Conflict

When?       Monday, 1 December 2014 | 7 p.m.
Where?      Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
| Favoritenstraße 15a | 1040 Vienna

The discussion is part of The European Match. Controversies and Encounters
A series of talks by ERSTE Foundation in cooperation with DIE PRESSE

1989 was the year of the great transition in Europe. After nearly four decades of global tensions, the era of the Great Powers and ideologies and the separation of East and West seemed over. Today, 25 years later, Europe is still no unified continent. Old and new trenches break up again. Economic instability, social inequality, and a cultural scene reorienting itself raise questions about social cohesion. There is much at stake. In the talk series The European Match we want to bring together experts and actors from East and West: to learn from a match of arguments, to give matches the opportunity for exciting controversy, and to search for those topics that can match the different needs, interests and quirks of this so diverse and therefore so rich continent.

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The first European Match is an encounter of prominent voices who comment publicly on the continuing conflict in Ukraine from both a Ukrainian and a Russian perspective. The recent events in the Crimea and the Donbas have been visible abroad only through journalistic coverage: by television images of besiegers and besieged, by commentary, interviews and background reports. In the media of the conflict parties completely different realities are described. The battle on the road has long since become a war of media. What distinguishes this form of propaganda from previous war reports? And is there a big hidden agenda behind steered public opinion?
Panel Oksana Boyko, host of the show “Worlds Apart” on Russia TodayYevhen Fedchenko, Co-founder of and director of the Kyiv-Mohyla School of Journalism

Katya Gorchinskaya, Deputy Chief Editor of the Kyiv Post and regional editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

Udo Ulfkotte, German journalist and author of the book “Bought Journalists. How Politicians, Intelligence and High Finance Control Germany’s Mass Media” (2014) – available only in German

Moderation Christian Ultsch, Head of the foreign desk, Die Presse



Monday, 1 December 2014
7 p.m.


Diplomatic Academy
of Vienna

Favoritenstraße 15a
1040 Vienna

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