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Sanssouci Colloquium
Media Prize
Youth Media Workshop
Offshoot Workshop

Friday, September 8
• Welcome Jann Jakobs, Lord Mayor of Potsdam  
• Opening remarks Matthias Platzeck, Prime Minister of Federal State of Brandenburg
• Keynote speech Bernard-Henry Lévy
(venue: Hans Otto Theater, Schiffbauergasse Potsdam)

Break-Out Sessions:
The Media in Times of International Crisis

Workshop I:
The Clash of Cultures
Challenge: The role of the media is to uphold freedom of expression: does this include coverage of extremist views?

Confronted by crisis and terrorism, is it acceptable for democracies to impose legal limits on free speech?
In the globalised internet era, are existing legal restrictions on the free exchange of information enforceable and should global networks voluntarily comply with restrictions imposed by China or any other government?
In the satellite era, do the media contribute to the isolation of minority communities or to their integration?
Can and should Corporate Social Responsibility standards be set for the media?

• Chair: Josef Joffe, publisher Die ZEIT
• Rapporteur: Charles Moore, Telegraph Group

Workshop II:
The rise of the internet: Towards a global free market for business and the media?
Challenge: The Internet as a tool of globalisation: is the challenge far greater than either business or media have yet grasped?

How will news and information be acquired in 2040? How will the change impact on traditional media and business?
Will profit margins or editorial independence define the media agenda?
Is the world moving towards a completely free market of information?
Can the media be counted on to play watchdog to expose corruption in the West and in the developing world?
Can reporting of environmental and energy-saving problems or similarly controversial issues be kept factual and divorced from political pressures?

• Chair: Stefan Baron, editor-in-chief Wirtschaftswoche
• Rapporteur: Martin Kettle, editor The Guardian

Workshop III:
National media facing international challenges
Challenge: National media are too parochial to cover international affairs: are global channels too superficial to deliver substance?

Looking at the world’s crisis spots – Middle East, Afghanistan, Sudan – is it the high cost of staffing foreign postings or consumer preference for domestic affairs that limits the scope or quality of coverage?
Is coverage of the European Union a text-book example of domestic politics prevailing over presentation of a balanced account?
Is the internet, and especially blogging, broadening people’s horizons and challenging the preoccupation of the national media with domestic politics and personalities?
What can be done to improve the balance between national and international coverage?

• Chair: Frank Schirrmacher, publisher Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
• Rapporteur: John Lloyd, Director of Journalism of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Award of M100 Sanssouci Media Prize (on invitation only)

• Opening Remarks: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
• Followed by Acceptance speech
end of ceremony


Saturday, September 9

9.30 – 10.45
Plenary Session chaired by Helena Kennedy QC

Reports from the rapporteurs of groups 1 & 2
General debate

10.45 – 11.15
Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.30
Plenary Session continues
Reports from the rapporteurs of group 3
Reports from the rapporteurs of the offshoot workshops
General Debate
Concluding remarks by Chairman