THE FORUM PROGRAMME
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ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES POSED BY INFORMATION
Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, with responsibility for Development, Francophony and International Partnerships
Marie-Christine Saragosse, Chairwoman and CEO of France Médias Monde
Thierry Vallat, Chair and Managing Director of CFI
By Pierre Haski (France)
Having previously worked as a correspon- dent for AFP (South Africa), he joined Libéra- tion, where he worked as a senior Africa reporter, and as a correspondent in Jerusa- lem and even in Beijing,Having previously worked as a correspon- dent for AFP (South Africa), he joined Libéra- tion, where he worked as a senior Africa reporter, and as a correspondent in Jerusa- lem and even in Beijing, director. Founder of the online media outlet, Rue89, Pierre Haski is now a geopolitical columnist for France Inter and L’Obs. He is also President of Reporters Without Borders. Pierre Haski is the author of several books (including Internet et la Chine (Internet and China) in 2008), and the creator of several documentaries (most notably Liu Xiaobo, l’homme qui a défié Pékin (Liu Xiaobo, the man who defied Beijing) in 2020 and Taïwan dans le viseur de Pékin (Taiwan in Beijing’s crosshairs) in 2023) and podcasts (Les décolonisations africaines [African decolonisation] in 2022).
Disinformation may seem pervasive and discouraging, but journalists all over the world continue to work together to effec- tively combat it. The tools at their disposal are evolving and editorial offices are coming together to create new formats or to work as a network, and the public itself is sometimes better equipped to counter the threats that weigh on the public debate. The tools at their disposal are evolving and editorial offices are coming together to create new formats or to work as a network, and the public itself is sometimes better equipped to counter the threats that weigh on the public debate.
Pierre Haski, columnist at France Inter and President of Reporters Without Borders (France);
Nina Lamparski, Head of Digital Investigation for Africa at Agence France Presse (France);
ValdezOnanina, editor-in-chief of the Frenchspeaking Africa Check office (Senegal);
Saja H. Mortada, head of the ARIJ network of fact-checkers (Lebanon).
Sophie Malibeaux, journalist at RFI (France)
Paul Joël Kamtchang, journalist at ADISI- Cameroun (Cameroon);
(Cameroon); Belén Carrasco Rodriguez, Centre for Information Resilience (United Kingdom);
Asia Ballufier, journalist at Le Monde (France).
Alexandre Capron, journalist for The France 24 Observers
Blaise Pascal Andzongo, Director of Edukmedia (Cameroon);
Myriam Angoni, Balkans Voices (Albania);
(Albania); Aude Favre, journalist and president of Fake Off (France)
Célia d’Almeida, journalist (Mali)
Speeches Tse Nebangu, journalist at Ndefcam radio in Bamenda (Cameroon);
Tse Nebangu, journalist at Ndefcam radio in Bamenda (Cameroon);
Stéphane Siohan, journalist and producer in Kiev (Ukraine)
Sidy Yansané, RFI journalist (France)
lists expect from diplomats?» Informal meetings between journalists and local players.
– Middle East as a private conversation
– West Africa as a private conversation
By Ketsia Passou
Ketsia Passou is 18 years old. In her coun- try, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ketsia Passou is 18 years old. In her coun- try, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that is the median age of the population. She is a student who decided to make her voice heard to benefit the causes that are close to her heart. She spoke at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh. el-Sheikh. She is a UNICEF Child Reporter in her home country and also acts as a United Nations Young Gender Equality Activist and as a young ambassa- dor for climate and environmental issues. In February 2023, she took part in a resi- dency organised by the French Embassy in Cameroon in the wake of the Montpellier Summit to reflect on actions that can be taken to move forward with tackling the climate emergency.
The creation of a fair amount of space for the representation of women in the media is yet to be achieved. Although things are beginning to move in the right direction, women’s voices (whether experts or not) are still less likely to be heard than those of men in the media, and too many gen- der-based stereotypes continue to circu- late. In addition, the profession of journalist itself fails to create adequate space for female information professionals. What is standing in the way of this?
Jezia Nouma, founder of Lella Media (Tunisia)
Lauren Provost, Deputy Director of Libération (France);
Abigail Larbi Odei, MFWA Programme Director (Ghana);
Karim Djinko, MediaSahel for Women trainer (Canada).
Sophie Ekoué, journalist (Togo).
An essential forum for citizens, social net- works leave the media with little to do. How- ever, it is important to consider the use of these platforms from an editorial perspec- tive. tive. Not only can they be used as a source for gathering witness accounts, they can also provide a means of dissemination and interaction.
Haby Niakaté, editor-in-chief of Brut Africa (France/Côte d’Ivoire);
Jean Kassir, founder of Megaphone (Lebanon);
Victoire Tuaillon, journalist and feminist creator of the Les Couilles sur la table (Balls on the table) podcast (France).
Steven Jambot, journalist, RFI (France).
What can a media outlet do if it is no longer able to work in its own territory: organisation, methods, tools, risks, opportunities.
Biniam Simon, founder of Radio Erena, an Eritrean media outlet exiled in Paris, (Eritrea/France);
Rooh Savar, journalist in exile and founder of Lettres persanes (Iran/France);
Malick Konaté, journalist, (Mali/France).
Catherine Monnet, journalist, Reporters Without Borders (France).
One of the day’s panellists engages in a question and answer session with the online audience.
«I took a chance with an innova- tive and in-depth journalism model focusing on general-interest topics. In 2019, I founded an independent media outlet financed by the publicly funded La Maison des Reporters, which took second place at the Francophone Awards for Innovation in the Media in 2020.»
Moussa Ngom, La Maison des Reporters (Senegal)
David Servenay, director of the XXI and 6 mois magazines and creator of and creator of the Dans la peau d’un·e journaliste d’investigation en Afrique (In the shoes of an investigative journalist in Africa) podcast (France).
Online Q&A with project leaders in the areas of civic tech, solutions journalism, health or investigation who have made an impact in their country.This workshop is also offered online for the remote audience.
Rolande Djatougbe Akouvi Aziaka, journalist, EcoConscience.tv (Togo);
Yassine Aabar, President of the AIC (Moroccan Citizen Initiatives Association) and founder of the Echoes of Women’s Voices project (Morocco);
Jalaa Abuarab, editor-in-chief of Dooz (Palestinian Territories).
Claire Leproust, consultant and producer at FablabChannel (France).
The Global Forum for Media Development is the world’s largest community for media development, the freedom of the media and journalism support. Through collaboration, coordination and collective action, the net- work of 139 GFMD member organisations – together with its dozens of partners – cre- ates, promotes and implements policies and programmes aimed at supporting journalism for the public good.
Tom Law, Deputy Director, GFMD, United Kingdom
Run by CFI’s geographical directors, for MEAE diplomats and journalists from the identified geographical areas.
– North Africa as a private conversation
– Central Africa as a private conversation
The issue of impact is at the heart of media development actions. But what impact are we talking about? about? How can it be evaluated? Review of practices and theoretical thinking on the subject.
Michel Leroy, researcher, (France – online);
Leon van den Boogerd, Programme Coordinator, Free Press Unlimited (Netherlands);
Caroline Vuillemin, Director-General, Fondation Hirondelle (Switzerland);
Jane Moller Larsen, Head of the West Africa Department, IMS (Denmark);
Julie Godignon, support for media development projects & evaluator (Switzerland)
Bruno de Reviers, Evaluation expert, AFD (France)
Florence Minery, Mediterranean Asia Deputy Director at CFI.
Social networks and digital tools have given diasporas a voice with which to get involved in debates in their home countries. How is remote communication organised? What interactions take place with local populations? What role does this play in the cir- culation of information?
Émilie Sueur, co-editor-in-chief of L’Orient-Le Jour (Lebanon);
Ung Chamroeun, editor-in-chief of Thmey Thmey Media (Cambodia);
Esson Roger Nguessan, Sciences Po Bordeaux (France).
Estelle Ndjandjo, freelance journalist (France).
One of the day’s panellists engages in a question and answer session with the online audience.
«SOWT is an undisputed leader among Arabic-language podcasts, produc- ing original and high-quality content. SOWT is both a dissemination platform and a pod- cast production studio.»
Ramsey George Tesdell, founder of the SOWT platform for Arabic-language podcasts (Jordan).
Malek Khadhraoui, founder of Inkyfada (Tunisia).
The ecological transition poses a signif- icant challenge for our societies: social inequalities have been known to double in the presence of environmental inequalities. It is therefore essential that the media is able to identify victims, help them to rec- ognise the ways in which they are being harmed and demonstrate that sustainable development is not possible without envi- ronmental justice.
Marthe Kra Akissi, journalist (Côte d’Ivoire);
Hicham Houdaifa, editor and journalist (Morocco);
Rahma Diaa, journalist Climate Tracker (Egypt).
Beatrice Héraud, journalist and trainer, (France).
At a time when independent public-interest media outlets around the world are experi- encing significant financial difficulties and, in many countries, are even facing the threat of extinction as a result of the dual impact of economic and political pressures, the International Fund for Public Interest Media is a new multilateral coalition that aims to unlock new financial resources on a large scale in an attempt to safeguard public-in- terest journalism and to come up with new economic models and financing solutions that are sustainable in the medium term.
Pierrick Judeaux, Portfolio Manager and EU Representative, International Fund for Public Interest Media.
Faced with the reality of climate change and the growing number of ways in which it manifests itself, the media is not always up to scratch. Why is it so difficult to talk about these issues and get audiences inter- ested in them?
Aïda Diongue-Niang, climatologist, co-author of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, (Senagal)
Khaled Suleiman, specialist journalist, CFI expert (Iraq);
Alpha Oumar Bagou Barry, President of the Association des Journalistes Scientifiques de Guinée (Guinean Association of Science Journalists, AJSG) ; [l’association des journalistes scientifiques de Guinée] (Guinea)
Teycir Ben Nasr, solutions journalist (Tunisia).
Anne-Cécile Bras, RFI journalist, producer of C’est pas du vent (It’s not the wind) (France).
Valuable information is hidden within files (web, PDF, tables, OpenData formats, etc.). The sheer number and volume of these files, not to mention the many different formats that they come in, makes their analysis a particularly arduous task. ConnectionStudio is a tool that allows these many different types of file to be imported and explored: analysis of the entities (persons, organisa- tions, emails, etc.) contained within them; provision of a schematic overview of data; search for connections between entities, etc. <<Un cas d’usage lié aux participations financières des personnalités publiques françaises sera présenté et un second sur les conflits d’intérêt dans le domaine bio-médical. >>
Nelly Barret, doctoral student, École Polytechnique (France).
WINNING THE FIGHT AGAINST DISINFORMATION
by David Chavalarias (France)
Director of the Institut des Systèmes Com- plexes in Paris, a body linked to the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), David Chavalarias analyses the explosion of disinformation and the various manipulation techniques used for electoral purposes. In 2016, he launched the Polito- scope project, which was dedicated to the analysis of social networks and online political activism. In his book entitled Toxic Data, the researcher looks into the way in which mass manipulation is used on social networks. He decodes the interference strategies deployed by Russia and the way in which they can undermine certain political systems.
Social media platforms are at the centre of the circulation of information and disinforma- tion and play a key role in the dissemination of the spoken word at local and global level. Governments and civil society organisations as pushing for better cooperation against disinformation. Are the platforms ready to play the game?
game? This conference will involve three or four guests and one moderator, who will have a 60-minute discussion followed by a 30-minute question and answer session, during which the online audience will also be able to ask questions (their questions will be relayed by the co-moderator who is in charge of the online audience).
Henri Verdier, Ambassador for Digital Affairs, (France);
David Chavalarias, researcher, author of Toxic Data (France);
Thibaut Bruttin, Deputy Director General at Reporters Without Borders and in charge of the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) / France
Aisha Dabo, AfricTivistes, (Senegal/Gambia).
Steven Jambot, journalist and producer of RFI’s L’Atelier des médias (Media workshop, France).
All Eyes On Wagner is a collective working to uncover the activities of the Wagner Group. Journalists and experts gather information obtained from open sources and verified testimonies. Their aim is to become a source of specialised information on Wagner’s mer- cenaries for the international human rights community. community. Focus on the working methods and tools used by these OSINT (Open Source INTelligence) specialists.
Two members of the collective.
The Organized Crime and Corruption Report- ing Project (OCCRP) is a group of inves- tigative journalists founded in 2006. The members of the OCCRP launch investiga- tions in different geographical areas covering issues such as corruption and organised crime. Focus on the investigative methods used by these investigative journalists and data journalists, focusing on financial flows and mafias.
Speeches Paul Radu, founder of the OCCRP (Romania);
Sana Sbouai, editor for the Arab region, OCCRP (Tunisia/France).
Mais Katt, investigative journalist specialising in the Middle East and North Africa (Netherlands).
Environmental damage, an area worth inves- tigating. Museba Journalism Project is an NGO dedicated to investigative journalism in Central Africa and the Great Lakes region. Founded in Cameroon, this collaborative media outlet with a dozen journalists from the region investigates corruption, illicit financial flows, organised crime and human rights violations. Focus on the organisation’s investigative techniques and methods.
Christian Locka, investigative journalist and founder of the Museba Journalism Project, (Cameroon)
Ange Kasongo, freelance journalist and trainer (DR Congo).
Whether in the Sahel, Ukraine or Eastern Congo, and regardless of whether the con- flict is high or low intensity, disinformation forms part of the arsenal available to war- ring parties. In the age of social networks, its impact in multiplied in space and time. Is it possible to protect oneself from these weapons of mass mistrust and to launch counter-attacks against them? State of play and feedback from those involved in the fight against disinformation.
Julien Nocetti, researcher at the Institut français des relations internationales (French Institute of International Relations) (France);
Kristina Zelenyuk, journalist, 1+1 TV (Ukraine);
Gustave Katsuva, journalist for Congo Check (DR Congo).
Boureima Salouka, Faso Check and DW Akademie (Burkina Faso).
Factoscope.fr is an aggregator of journalistic resources and content on fact-checking and media and information literacy (MIE); in particular, it aggregates the productions of the fact-checking media that are beneficiaries of the Désinfox Afrique project, as well as educational and/or scientific resources on the methods and practices of fact-checking and MIE.
Laurent Bigot, journalist and lecturer, director of the École publique de journalisme de Tours (EPJT) / France
A co-presentation with Jean-Marc Bourguignon from Nothing2Hide
Artificial intelligence (AI) brings a number of threats when it comes to the quality of information. Whether text or images, its capacity to produce disinformation is immeasurable. However, AI also offers new opportunities to combat disinformation online. It can help to quickly identify disinformation and remove it before it spreads. Its use raises ethical questions. What are the risks, advantages and limitations of using AI in the fight against disinformation? What are the risks, advantages and limitations of using AI in the fight against disinformation?
Olivier Martinez, specialist media & AI consultant (France);
Chine Labbé, editor- in-chief for Europe at NewsGuard (United States/France);
Rawan Damen, journalist, ARIJ (Jordan)
Noko Makgato, Executive Director of Africa Check, (South Africa).
Paul Joël Kamtchang, data journalist (Cameroon).
In partnership with ARIJ (Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism) and AFCN (Arab Fact Checkers Network). Network). AFCN is a network that works on the transparent and impartial verification of facts in the Arab region. region. This network has had to contend with a rise in disinformation since COVID-19. COVID-19. In February 2023, the network stepped in to counter the main misinformation/disinformation regard- ing the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
Rasha Faek, journalist and trainer for AFCN (Syria);
journalist and trainer for AFCN (Syria); Saja H. Mortada, investigative journalist and data journalist, ARIJ (Lebanon);
Laurent Giacobino, Mediterranean Asia Director at CFI (France).
In partnership with AfricTivists. AfricTivistes is a pan-African network of bloggers and web activists who are aiming to promote and defend democratic values, human rights and good governance through digital technology. AfricTivistes was created in November 2013 with the intention of creating a network for all of Africa’s agents of change and providing specific and appropriate solutions to the main issues hampering the develop- ment and unity of the continent. Over the years, the organisation has evolved into a cluster-based organisation that aims to encourage the spread of its messages and its fact-checking operations on social networks.
With Cheikh Fall, President of AfricTivistes (Senegal);
Aisha Dabo, Coordinator of Afric- Tivistes (Senegal/Gambia).
Philippe Couve, Director of Samsa Africa, (France).
In partnership with Africa Check. For more than a decade, journalists have been wit- nessing the development of disinformation campaigns and acts of misinformation during election campaign periods. It has become particularly difficult to follow political news on social networks. Not to mention internet blackouts, which often amount to a form of censorship. Africa Check, a pan-African organisation present in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos and Dakar, has stepped up its activities aimed at improving access to quality information during these periods by developing appropriate fact-checking methods.
Valdez-Onanina, editor-in-chief, Africa Check (Senegal);
Allwell Okpi, journalist, Africa Check (Nigeria).
Sylvie Larrière, regional coordinator of CFI’s «MediaSahel for Women» project (Burkina Faso/France).