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Media and Democracy

16th Forum 2000 Conference
October 21–23, 2012, Prague

The 16th annual Forum 2000 Conference took place in Prague from October 21–23, 2012. In accordance with the wishes of the late President Václav Havel, the conference focused on the relationship between democracy and the media. It also addressed the legacy of Václav Havel in the fields of democracy and human rights and ways to build upon it.
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Conference Outputs



Václav Havel was thrilled by the role of the new media in the ongoing changes in the Arab World, the crucial impact it plays in non-democratic countries and the importance of the Internet in revealing atrocities and injustices. He was also intrigued by the evolution of the relationship between the media and society in democracies, how technological developments are affecting responsibility and accountability and the interdependencies between business, economy and the media. 

The conference program can be found here 



Speakers included Madeleine Albright, Former Secretary of State, USA; Michael Anti, Journalist, Political Blogger, China; Shlomo Avineri, Professor of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Zygmunt Bauman, Sociologist, United Kingdom/Poland; Gareth Evans, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia; Alyaksandar Milinkevich, Opposition Leader, Belarus; Iveta Radičová, Sociologist, Former Prime Minister, Slovakia; Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong, Central Tibetan Administration, India; Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman, The Nippon Foundation, Japan; Roger Scruton, Philosopher and Political Scientist, United Kingdom; Fatmir Sejdiu, Former President, Kosovo; Abu Bakr Shawky, Filmmaker, Activist, USA/Egypt; and Jan ŠvejnarDirector, Center on Global Economic Governance, Columbia University, USA/Czech Republic.


A full list of speakers can be found here.





The conference was open to the public and a large part of the proceedings were broadcast live on our website. Pre-registration was required to participate as an observer of the discussions held at Žofín Palace. Participation as an observer was free of charge. More information can be found here


Forum 2000 in Other Cities

Discussion events were also held in Pilsen, Ostrava and Bratislava on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. More information is available in the conference program.







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Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Prague   |   Embassy of the United States of America in Prague   |   ČSOB   |   Embassy of France in the Czech Republic   |    Plavec & Partners, Law Office   |   The Leadership Forum   |   Goethe-Institut   |   The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic   |    Mailbox Translations   |   Plzeňský Prazdroj   |   B & H   |   English College in Prague   |   Scenografie   |   Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague   |   Refresh   |   Zápůjčka.cz



The conference was held under the auspices of doc. MUDr. Bohuslav Svoboda, CSc., Mayor of Prague.



We would also like to thank our individual donors for their support, with special acknowledgement to:

Jürgen and Helena Hoffmeister

Marek Lehečka



Supported by

International Visegrad Fund


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