Actions and Detail Panel
Thu, May 8, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM BST
The Edinburgh Europa Institute is pleased to invite you its upcoming event, supported by the European Commission Office in Scotland:
Journalist, writing for the Spectator, the Times and the Scotsman
Columnist, writing for the Irish Times and Senior Research Fellow at University College Dublin
Dr Simon Usherwood
Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Surrey
Former European Editor of the Guardian and Founder/Political Director of the European Policy Centre
Lesley Riddoch | Chair
Journalist and Director of Nordic Horizons
Media outlets in the United Kingdom are often accused of displaying a bias when it comes to reporting on the European Union and 'Europe' in general. This is exemplified by the fabrication of 'Euromyths', the cumulative impact and implications of which were highlighted in strong terms in the Leveson Report. On the other end of the spectrum, the BBC is regularly accused of shutting out EU-critical voices and promoting a liberal pro-EU agenda.
With a possible referendum on Britain’s EU membership on the horizon, this panel of journalists will discuss the role responsibility of the media when it comes to 'reporting Europe'. Is it legitimate for media outlets to have a political agenda on the matter? And if so, can such an agenda absolve media outlets from reporting truthfully on European affairs? Does the media have distinct responsibilities in particular where voters are asked to make informed decisions on matters of great public importance? How does the British media landscape compare with that of other European countries? Can they serve as role models for better reporting on Europe?
This event is free. Registration in advance required. All are welcome
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