Journalists from all over the world gathered in Athens for a 5-day discussion on the lack of trust in the media and its subsequent impact on the relationship between journalism and democracy
Between 5 and 9 October 2022, more than a thousand journalists filled the halls of the Athens Conservatoire to participate in iMEdD – incubator for Media Education and Development non-profit journalism organisation’s International Journalism Week 2022, in a bid to discuss burning topics, such as the dangers journalists face in authoritarian regimes and the democratic world, Greece’s drop in the Press Freedom Index, the challenges of covering the war in Ukraine, reporting on the Greek wiretapping scandal, the media’s subordination to political and economic interests and censorship in newsrooms.
The starting point for the discussion was a survey on the lack of trust in journalism, conducted by the Public Opinion Research Unit of the University of Macedonia Research Institute on behalf of iMEdD. In an effort to find out what’s missing from journalism today and how to regain public and professional trust, participants engaged in an in-depth discussion on contemporary practices of investigative journalism and cross-border research, the value of local news, innovative models of sustainability, equal representation and inclusivity in the media, and many more pressing issues.
Read more about International Journalism Week here.