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Media, Democracy and Political Influence: Does the Fourth Estate Still Matter?

12 April 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Chatham House, London


Marie Le Conte, Politics and Media Reporter, Buzzfeed UK
Peter Hitchens, Journalist and Author, Mail on Sunday
Tommy Evans, Vice President and London Bureau Chief, CNN
James Delingpole, Author and Columnist, Breitbart
Sewell Chan, International News Editor, London, New York Times
Chair: Nic Newman, Research Associate, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism



This event will focus on the changing nature of journalism and will ask if the ‘fourth estate’ still holds a critical role in providing checks and balances on political power in functioning democracies.

The panel will discuss Donald Trump’s recent rhetoric towards mainstream media and his use of social media throughout the campaign to communicate directly with the electorate. Was this happenstance or a deliberate strategy? And is such action by the world’s most powerful politician an ominous sign for the significance of the press in reporting on and influencing modern political discourse? Are these issues exclusively American or can echoes of them be seen in recent election and referenda campaigns across Europe?

The panellists will consider the role of contemporary media against the backdrop of the rise of new media and the supposed decline of print, the growth of citizen journalism and claims by both the Left and Right that journalistic standards are slipping amidst a prevalence of so called ‘fake news.'

This event will be livestreamed. The livestream will be made available here at 18:00 GMT on 12 April.