Symposium: Troubled Democracy: Media, Power and Control

Friday, 19 May 2017, 09:30 – 18:00 BST

Venue: London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, Tower Three, Silverstone Room

Recent years have brought about new challenges to media landscapes around the world. On the one hand, media inform us less than they used to do, post-fact news and infotainment misrepresent the complex world we live in, and public sphere becomes void of meaning and informed debate. On the other, there is widespread involvement of governments in the deterioration of conditions in which media organizations function. Violations of liberal values, including the encroachment on freedom of expression, media freedom and pluralism, have been reported in many countries.

The symposium will engage with issues of political, cultural and economic pressures that continue to challenge the development of democratic media cultures in Europe and beyond. It will discuss the following questions:

  • How do media monitor and control the power holders on behalf the citizens?
  • How do media negotiate their relationships with governments and other political forces that determine the life of others?
  • How do media provide space for critical and reasoned public debate?
  • How do media give voice to citizens, create public opinion and guide decision-makers and power holders in their actions?