Open Estonia Foundation

XX Open Society Forum focuses on islam and illiberalism

07.09.2015

The annual Open Society Forum “Who are all these people? Tackling the Polarisation of Democratic Societies” will take place on 16th September 2015 at the Nordic Hotel Forum, Tallinn.

The annual Open Society Forum “Who are all these people? Tackling the Polarisation of Democratic Societies” will take place on 16th September 2015 at the Nordic Hotel Forum, Tallinn.

When talking about Islam in Europe we need to touch upon a number of different topics. Open Society Forum will focus on immigration, theology, extremism, social and cultural rights, tolerance, democracy, history and future.

This year's keynote speaker will be one of the most influential Pakistani writers, Ahmed Rashid. His speech will be followed by a conversation with Quentin Peel, journalist and member of the British think tank Chatham House.

The second panel of the Forum will focus on the role of media on the rise of illiberalism. The recent years have witnessed a growing support to social trends all over Europe that differ substantially from the liberal consensus. Some of them have grown into parties that have achieved remarkable political power in their countries (Front Nationale, UKIP). In other cases we can speak about social movements (Pegida).

What is the role of media in that context? Does media have a social responsibility? Where are the limits of freedom of speech and who can enforce them? We will take a look at these topics in the context of Scandinavia and the Baltic countries.

In the panel will be Mika Pettersson, editor in chief of the Finnish news agency STT-Lehtikuva, Didzis Melbiksis, Latvian freelance journalist, Bernt Olufsen, a journalist from Norway and Anvar Samost, director of BNS news agency. Urve Eslas of Postimees will moderate the panel.

The forum will be held in English with simultaneous translation into Estonian. The forum is organized in cooperation with the Baltic News Service and the Embassy of Norway in Estonia.

More information is available: www.oef.org.ee/forum2015. 


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