Nov 3-4: Observer, Agitator, Target
Register NOW for our FoME Symposium on 3-4 November 2016 in Berlin: Observer, Agitator, Target – Media and media asssistance in fragile contexts The increasing impact of media-conflict-interactions has prompted the German “Forum Media and Development” to dedicate this year’s FoME Symposium to challenges of media assistance and media development in countries affected by armed conflict and instability. One aim is to evaluate existing concepts and to develop new approaches for media assistance in crisis-riven and fragile countries. Furthermore, the event will foster exchange between academic researchers and those engaged in the practice of media development. The International Communication section of the German Communication Association is hence included as partner in the process of planning and implementing the event.

The following topics will be subject to discussion: • Challenges of fragile statehood for media and media assistance • Measuring the impact of media and conflict reporting on conflict • Ethical dilemmas for journalists and media development actors in conflict societies • The role of media in reconciliation and transitional justice • Information verification and Open Source intelligence • Safety and protection of journalists in conflict zones Besides presentations and discussions the conference will include a Media Development Coaching Session and a Practitioner Roundtable. The FoME-Symposium is organized and hosted by MiCT. It will take place on the 3rd and 4th of November, 2016 at the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Französische Strasse 32, 10117 Berlin). The admission fee is 50,00 EUR (including lunch on both days). If you would like to attend, please register with Lara Eckstein at Detailed information will be available from August 15th at

Speakers are (among others): – Chris Böhme, Chief Architect Maltego, Paterva – James Deane, Director of Policy and Learning, BBC Media Action – Ines Drefs, Research Associate MeCoDEM, Hamburg University – Pierre Hazan, Consultant Fondation Hirondelle – Altaf Khan, Head of Journalistic Department at University of Peshawar / Co-founder Competence and Trauma Center for Journalists (CTCJ),Pakistan – Oleg Khomenok, Global Investigative Journalism Network / Co-founder of – Jad Melki, Associate Professor Journalism and Media Studies at the Lebanese American University – Devra Moehler, Media Researcher, former Assistance Professor at the Annenberg School of Communication – Roger Niyigena, Project Director Ejo Youth Echo, Rwanda – Carola Richter, Professor of Media and Communication Studies at the Free University Berlin – Maria Teresa Ronderos, Director of the Open Society Program on Independent Journalism with Open Society Foundation – Gamal Soltan, Associate Professor at the American University of Cairo / Research Associate MeCoDEM – Katrin Voltmer, Professor of Communication and Democracy at the University of Leeds / Principal Investigator MeCoDEM – Michael Wegener, Head Content Center, ARD News

Facilitators: – Christoph Dietz, FoME Coordinator / Deputy Executive Director, CAMECO – Friederike von Franqué, Chair and CEO, IDEM – Sofie Jannusch, Desk for Asia and Eastern Europe, CAMECO – Christian Mihr, Director, Reporters Without Borders Germany – Isabel Rodde, Cross Sectoral Programme Human Rights, GIZ – Christoph Spurk, Media Institute of Applied Media Studies, Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW – Anja Wollenberg, Head of Research and Development, MiCT