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Special Session

4 May 2022

Thursday 12 May 2022 19:00 Blue Room

Reporting On A War: War in the Ukraine

About the conflict and the role of public tv news correspondents

As soon as the Russian invasion of the Ukraine took place, all sorts of media outlets from around the world prepared extraordinary coverage plans for the first European war in decades. Among them, public television stations have had a distinctive advantage compared to others. For a long time, they have maintained an extremely valuable network of news correspondents in many parts of the globe as well as international news desks with a public service perspective. They usually have a better knowledge of the country they report from, and they have the time and the resources to go beyond the breaking news, such as analysing the conflict’s causes and context.

How do these facts play out in the coverage on the war in the Ukraine? What are the challenges for the press corps? Has their coverage been immune to disinformation and sensationalism? How do you deal with fact-checking, accuracy or political bias when you sit in a cellar under attack? What images can be shown – which must be shown? Which victims or witnesses do you approach and interview? How do you decide – and where do you draw the line?

On location:
Manel Alías
Correspondent in Russia, Syria and the Ukraine at TV Catalonia
Raquel González
Correspondent in the Ukraine, Algeria and Saudi Arabia at TVE
Alex Shprintsen
Documentary producer, CBC Canada.

Via video:
Antti Kuronen
Correspondent in the Ukraine, Syria and the Middle East for Yle, Finland
Matilde Kimer
Correspondent in the Ukraine, Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia at DR, Denmark
Mykola Chernotytskyi
CEO at Suspilne, Ukrainian Public TV

Moderator: Sergi Vicente
Director of Betevé, public TV station for Barcelona, former correspondent in China at Television of Catalonia