Free Media Awards 2018 - Conference in Yerevan
October 2 2018
The 2018 Free Media Awards will be bestowed at the Free Media Awards conference in Yerevan, Armenia under the auspices of Fritt Ord and ZEIT-Stiftung, on Tuesday 2 October 2018.
The awards go to:
- Chai Khana in South-Caucasus for their efforts to bring attention to under-reported news stories spanning national borders in the region
- Fontanka in Russia for their coverage of ongoing and forgotten conflicts
- The Belarusian website Belarus Partisan for their tireless investigative work, also following the murder of their editor-in-chief in 2016.
Read more about the laureates here.
The conference is free and open to the public.
Venue: The Opera Suite Hotel, Mozart Hall
Address: 1 Baghramyan Street 1, 3, 0019 Yerevan, Armenia
9.15 – 9.30: Welcome
Dr. Knut Olav Åmås, Executive Director, The Fritt Ord Foundation
Prof. Dr. Michael Göring, Chairman of the Board of Directors, ZEIT-Stiftung
Panel I: 9.30 – 10.45: Media entrepreneurship and failure as opportunity
Free Media Awards 2018: Chai Khana
Caroline Sutcliffe, founder and director of Chai Khana, Tbilisi, Georgia –South Caucasus
Jura Manvelyan, editor of Epress.am, Yerevan (Epress.am received the award in 2014). A view from Armenia.
Monica Ellena, editor of Chai Khana, Tbilisi, Georgia – South Caucasus
Moderator: Silvia Stöber, freelance journalist specialized for more than ten years on development in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia for the German public broadcaster ARD and other media, and a jurymember for the Free Media Awards.
Panel II: 10.55 – 12.10: 20 years of media crackdown
Free Media Awards 2018: Belarus Partisan
Svetlana Kalinkina, editor, Belarusian Partisan, Minsk, Belarus
Zaruhi Mejlumyan, former journalist and head of the information block in the State Supervision Service, Jerevan, Armenia (she received the award in 2017). A view from Armenia.
Juri Durkot, journalist and translator, Lviv, Ukraine, and a jury member for the Free Media Awards. A view from Ukraine.
Moderator: Martin Paulsen, Eastern Europe expert with a PhD in Russian language from the University of Bergen, and a jury member for the Free Media Awards.
12.15: Lunch at the hotel
Panel III: 14.00 – 15.15: Rules for successful independent media in modern Russia
The Free Media Awards 2018: Fontanka
Alexsander Gorshkov, editor-in-chief of Fontanka.ru, St. Petersburg, Russia
Marianna Grigoryan, director and editor-in-chief of MediaLab Newsroom-Laboratory, Jerevan, Armenia (she received the award in 2009). A view from Armenia.
Guri Norstrøm, Europe correspondent for NRK (The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation), Berlin, Germany, and a jury member for the Free Media Awards. A view from Germany/Norway/Central Europe.
Moderator: Alice Bota, Moscow correspondent for the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, and a jury member for the Free Media Awards.