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A Truthful Press and Media


17 Jun 2021 - 17 Jun 2021


12:00 am - 11:59 pm

The European Liberal Forum and the The Paddy Ashdown Forum, worked with a group of former MEPs to set up a roundtable discussion to look at the issues surrounding ‘A Truthful Press and Media – misinformation, disinformation and ‘truthful hyperbole” and the problems faced by journalists and publishers as the problem becomes more widespread. The debate took place at the National Liberal Club and via zoom. Participants joined from the UK and Europe, including: 

Lucy Nethsingha, former Chair of European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council; Nick Davies, former special correspondent for The Guardian, author of Flat Earth News; Evan Harris, Executive Director, Hacked Off; Marie Helly, Head of Beyond Fake News, BBC News International Services; Professor Marcus Ryder, former Chief Editor, International Digital News, China Global TV, Professor of Media Diversity, Birmingham City University; Stefanie Boltzen, London correspondent for Die Welt; Kari Kivinen, former Secretary-General of the European School system; Lord Richard Allan, European Digital Media Observatory; Richard Reeves, CEO Association of Online Publishers; Catherine Bearder, former MEP for the South East of England; Phil Bennion, former MEP for the West Midlands, Shaffaq Mohammed, former MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber; Irina Von Wiese, former MEP for London.

The meeting was chaired by Judith Bunting, former MEP for the South East of England.

Recordings of the three insightful sessions can be found below. Also read the report: Truthful Press and Media

A roundtable discussion organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF) with the support of Paddy Ashdown Foundation Co-funded by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of the programme, or for any use that may be made of it. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/or the European Liberal Forum.


By connecting the roundtable series with the name of Lord Dahrendorf, ELF wishes to underline his achievements. In his many functions he championed liberal democracy and European integration. He consistently promoted the role of the EU as a guarantor of human rights and liberty. His wide experience combining science and politics provided an excellent background to his activity in the German Parliament for the liberal Free Democratic Party, as European Commissioner, as member of the British House of Lords and as Chairman of the Board of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (1982-1987). During his four years in Brussels (1970 – 1974), Lord Dahrendorf was responsible for the European Community‘s Foreign Relations and Trade, and later for Research, Science and Education. He actively supported a stronger Europe. As Commissioner he was a sharp critic of European Union bureaucracy while he was passionately in favour of a European Parliament exercising greater power.

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