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IPI WORLD CONGRESS TO ADDRESS MEDIA IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC CRISIS

Hundreds of media professionals will be gathering in Helsinki, Finland for the International Press Institute's (IPI) annual World Congress and General Assembly, on 6-9 June 2009. The programme this year focuses on the dramatically altered media landscape in light of the global economic meltdown.

Participants will tackle how the crisis affects the media and how the media has affected the crisis, the rise of "new media" in the midst of it all, if Asian capitalist economies in Singapore and China can continue to thrive without a free media, and the implications of Russia's resurgence in the wake of the recent conflict in Georgia.

Also on the agenda is the role of media reporting in climate change, whether journalists should talk with "terrorists", and if the Nordic emphasis on consensual political institutions and social welfare can be exported.

Speakers include Joschka Fischer, former Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Germany; Peter Bergen, journalist and author of "The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader"; and Alan Johnston, correspondent with the BBC World Service, who was kidnapped and held for nearly four months in Gaza.

IPI's "Free Media Pioneer" for 2009 will be announced at the closing ceremony.

For programme details and to register, see: http://www.ipihelsinki.fi

(11 March 2009)

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