Can Europe Make It?

Shaping the vote: politics and populism in the media

Does media coverage of issues like immigration, the economy and political scandal exacerbate or merely reflect citizens’ dissatisfaction with politics? In May, a Counterpoint discussion panel explored the impact on populist politics, including UKIP, Front National in France, the PVV in the Netherlands, and the Finns Party in Finland. (Podcast 95 mins)

Counterpoint
4 June 2014

On 15 May, Counterpoint held the discussion panel Shaping the vote: politics and populism in the media. The event took place at the Lecture Theatre of the Free Word Centre.

Speakers included: Suzanne Moore, Sunder Katwala, Catherine Fieschi, Jiska Engelbert, Erkka Railo, Gael Villeneuve and Martin Sandbu.

The event was part of the project ‘Nurturing populism? The impact of the media on the growth of populist right-wing parties in Netherlands, France and Finland’, coordinated by Counterpoint and supported by the Foundation for Democracy and Media and the Wihuri Foundation.

Counterpoint is an independent research and advisory group helping organisations understand the cultural and social dynamics of risk. In The Threats of Populism–Europe’s Reluctant Radicals programme of research and advocacy, Counterpoint investigates the continuing trend of xenophobic populism in Europe. See the Reluctant Radicals feature on openDemocracy.

Why it’s vital that women journalists can work in safety

There has been a huge increase in the number of women journalists being detained and abused because of their work. Why is this happening? And what harm does it do to societies at large?

Join us for this free event on 11 March at 1pm UK time/8am EST.

Hear from:

Mona Eltahawy Feminist author, commentator and disruptor of patriarchy. Her latest book ‘The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls’ took her disruption worldwide

Lydia Namubiru Africa editor, openDemocracy

Rebecca Vincent Director of international campaigns, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy

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