On 29th of September in Bratislava (the Slovak Republic) will be held an international conference «Russia and Europe: Topical Issues of Contemporary International Journalism». The conference is organized by the International Affairs magazine with the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
The main topics to be discussed during the conference are: «Self-consciousness of media against biased news» and «Image of Russia and Russians in European media». Conference official languages are Russian, Slovak, and English. The main goal of this annual international conference is to cover the issues of interaction between Russian and European media.
Official opening ceremony will be held by: Alexey Fedotov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Slovak Republic; Tatiana Naumova, Deputy head of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation; Armen Oganesyan, Editor-in-chief of «International affairs» magazine; Ján Čarnogurský, chairman of the Slovak-Russian association; Johann Gudenus, Vice Mayor and Provincial Deputy Governor of Vienna.
Armen Oganesyan, Editor-in-chief of «International affairs» magazine:
“Nowadays international journalism performs really important task for an objective comprehension and its consecutive evaluation of on-going world processes. Authentically reflecting events in the world, based on mutual understanding, cooperation and fruitful dialogue, it contributes to the portrait of 21st century human. Human, that is not limited by national borders. This year’s conference will be held in Bratislava, where, it will continue to cover the most topical global agendas of international journalism. In particular, we will discuss self-continuousness of media and accuracy of information, image of Russia and Russians in the European media.”
Experts of Russian and European Medias, and also representatives of other similar fields will share their opinions: Werner Fasslabend, President of the Political Academy (PolAk) of the Austrian People’s Party (Austria); Alexander Bikantov, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (Russia); Oleg Zinkovski, Chief of Radio Broadcasting (Russian Service) Funkhaus Europa (Germany); Andrey Rikhter, Senior Adviser at the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (Austria); Tiberio Graziani, President of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Geoplitics and Auxiliary Sciences, director of Geopolitica magazine (Italy); Petr Fedorov, RTR Deputy Director General, Director of Foreign Affairs (Russia); Hans Köchler, President of the International Progress Organization (Austria); Vedat Sevincer, Managing Editor of The Nordic Page (Norway); Yaroslav Skvortsov, Dean of the International Journalism Faculty at MGIMO-University (Russia); Chavdar Minchev, Editor-in-chief at the International Relations magazine (Bulgaria); Artur Bekmatov, Editor-in-chief of the Zem a vek magazine (Slovakia); Maria Mokhovikova, Press secretary of the Russkiy Mir Foundation (Russia); Peter Haider, Secretary General of the Austrian chapter of the Universal Peace Federation (Austria); Václav Fiala, editor at the Parlamentni Listy (the Czech Republic) and many others.
International conference «Russia and Europe: Topical Issues of Contemporary International Journalism» is held annually in different countries. List of participants traditionally included directors of European media, politicians, diplomats, political and media scientists, management of international media companies.
First conference took place on November 2011 in Paris and has proved the importance of collaboration between Russian and European media not only for journalists, but also for their audience.
Second conference was held on October 2012 in Berlin. It was devoted to the issues of national interest representation in international journalism, development of an international climate through media, new technological opportunity for international media, working conditions in Europe for Russian speaking media.
Third conference took place on October 2014 in Vienna and was dedicated to coverage in European and Russian Media of the most important and actual calls of the 21st century, such as: humanitarian challenges; economic crises; global threats.
Fourth conference took place on October 2015 in the Republic of San Marino and revealed the importance of today’s dialogue between Europe and Russia, and its further development.