Jour Fixe May 2016 On Exile Media
Jour Fixe 2016: Exile Media in Germany – Between Journalism and Activism

From the Azerbaijani Meydan TV, to Iranian blogs, Syrian radio stations, and internet dissidents from the US: there are dozens of exile media outlets in Germany, which engage in all kinds of ways with the public discourse in their countries of origin. Yet, little is known about their activities, partly due to language barriers.

How journalistic is the information proviced by the activists, many of whom still have to live in fear? Does the confrontational production of news contribute to the resolution of conflicts or rather to their escalation? How can media development, human rights and media policies support such refugee programmes?

These and more issues were discussed by actors from the fields of international media development, human rights and media politics at the annual Jour Fixe of the “Forum Medien und Entwicklung” (FoME) on Thursday, May 12th, in Berlin.

FoME is a network of institutions and individuals active in media development cooperation. It serves as the German platform for the exchange of experiences, research and further elaboration of concepts. It facilitates the dialogue between media practitioners, development politics and the scientific community.

The event was co-hosted by the German section of Reporters Without Borders and Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT).