French Development Agency (AFD) round table

Saturday 14 October – 2.15 pm

French Development Agency (AFD) round table

Supporting the press in areas of tension: a democratic and civic challenge

Influence, disinformation, propaganda: the media find themselves de facto involved in areas of tension, either as targets or as auxiliaries in the war. What media dynamics are at work in war zones? How can we provide information and guarantee the freedom of the press in unstable situations? To what extent can the media play a part in social cohesion, by creating spaces for interaction and democracy as close to the people as possible? This round-table discussion will explore the links between media, conflict and democracy, with an emphasis on the importance of supporting independent local media that help to maintain social ties.

Round-table discussion moderated by Jean-Bertand Mothes Head of the Division Fragilities, Crises and Conflicts Division (AFD)

With :
Geneviève Renard, Director of Communications, International Crisis Group
Pierrick Judeaux, Portfolio Director and Representative for Europe, International Fund for for Public Interest Media
Jonathan Dager, Head of Middle East Office, Reporters Without Borders
Caroline Vuillemin, Managing Director, Fondation Hirondelle
Fouad Khoury Helou, Executive Director of the Lebanese daily L’Orient-le-Jour


Halle Ô Grains
66, rue Saint Jean
Free admission

October 14 2023


Halle Ô Grains