Speakers

Confirmed speakers and discussants include:

  • Neelie Kroes (Netherlands), Vice-President of the European Commission
  • Nils Muižnieks (Latvia), Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Ženet Mujić (Germany), OSCE, Senior Adviser to the Representative on Freedom of the Media
  • Ingrid Lieten (Belgium), Flemish Media Minister
  • Andris Mellakauls (Latvia), Chair of the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI)
  • Herta Däubler-Gmelin (Germany), Professor Freien Universität Berlin; member European Commission High Level Expert Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism
  • Lorenzo Marsili (Italy), European Citizen Initiative for Media Pluralism
  • Milos Ciric (Serbia), The Hourglass
  • Paolo Celot (Italy), European Association of Viewers Interests
  • Kostas Rossoglou (Greece), BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation
  • Heather Blake (UK), Reporters without Borders
  • Therese Comodini Cachia (Malta), human rights lawyer
  • Geoffrey Roberston, QC/Gavin Millar, QC (UK), Doughty Street Chambers
  • Miklos Sükösd (Hungary), University of Hong Kong
  • Verica Rupar (Serbia-New Zealand), Media Diversity Institute and Cardiff University
  • Hugh Grant (UK), Film Actor
  • Nick Mason (UK), Pink Floyd
  • Sandie Shaw (UK), Singer
  • Brian Message (UK), Manager of Radiohead; Chairman, Music Managers’ Forum
  • Christian Van Thillo (Belgium), CEO, De Persgroep; Chairman European Commission Media Futures Group
  • Helen Boaden (UK), Director BBC
  • Lutz Marmor (Germany), General Director of the North German Broadcasting Station
  • Duco Sickinghe (Belgium), CEO, Telenet
  • Santiago de la Mora (Spain), Director Print Content Partnerships EMEA, Google
  • Erika Mann (Germany), Director EU Affairs, Facebook
  • Anu Nissinen (Finland), CEO, Sanoma Media Finland
  • Gina Nieri (Italy), Executive Board Member, Mediaset
  • Tobias Schmid (Germany), Executive Vice-President, Governmental Affairs, RTL–Group, Bertelsmann
  • Ben Hammersley (UK), Editor at large, Wired magazine; member European Commission High Level Expert Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism
  • Jean Paul Philippot (Belgium), President of EBU and CEO of RTBF
  • Edwy Plenel (France), CEO, Mediapart
  • Carlos López Blanco (Spain), Director International Office, Telefónica
  • Pedro Norton (Portugal), Vice-President Impresa
  • José Luis Sainz (Spain), CEO El País
  • Richard Charkin (UK), Executive Director Bloomsbury and University College London
  • Yevgenia Albatz (Russia), Chief Editor The New Times magazine
  • Denis Staunton (Ireland), Deputy Editor of The Irish Times
  • Vadim Makarenko (Poland), Reporter Gazeta Wyborcza
  • Bob Collins (Ireland), Chairman Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
  • Madeleine de Cock Buning (Netherlands), commissioner Commissariaat voor de Media

Chaired by:

  • Vladimiro Zagrebelsky (Italy), former judge at the European Court of Human Rights
  • Mr Justice Burton (UK), High Court judge, England and Wales
  • Miklós Lévay (Hungary), judge at the Hungarian Constitutional Court
  • Bénédicte Paviot (France), TV and radio journalist, UK correspondent France 24



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