Fake news

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Night Owl Session

Fake news, and do the media still need editors?

4 September, 22.00, Bled Festival Hall, Lake Lounge

The growing use of the Internet and social media platforms, where anyone can share their version of the truth and spread misinformation, has fragmented the commonly agreed basis for reality and led to the polarisation of public opinion.

While the ‘fake news’ phenomenon is not at all new, the alternative facts phenomenon, along with media hacking, the changed rules of the political game, and the role of the media, is now in the forefront of mainstream debates.

Until we find an effective way of detecting manipulated versions of the same content and protecting ourselves from them, the truth, contrary to public interest, will continue to be tailor-made for and by every user, every company, and every government.


  • Ms Ingrid Brodnig, Book author and Digital Champion Austria, brodnig.org / digitalchampion.at, Austria
  • Ms Gabriella Cseh, Public Policy Director for CEE at Facebook, United Kingdom
  • Mr Matthew d’Ancona, Columnist at Guardian, London Evening Standard, International New York Times, and GQ, United Kingdom
  • Mr Peter Kropsch, President and CEO of German Press Agency, Germany
  • Mr Teodor Marjanović, Commentator on foreign policy at Hospodářské noviny, Czech Republic
  • Mr Florian Nehm, Head of Corporate Sustainability and EU Affairs at Axel Springer SE, Germany
  • Mr Nabil Wakim, Director of Editorial Innovation at Le Monde, France
  • Ms Melita Župevc, Senior Consultant at Pristop, Slovenia

Moderator: Mr Lenart J. Kučić, Freelance, journalist and columnist, Slovenia

To download the session backgrounder click here.