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Tuesday, September 7

7.00 – 11.00 p.m.
WELCOME RECEPTION
Villa Schöningen, Berliner Straße, Potsdam


Wednesday, September 8

Orangery of Sanssouci Park,
Maulbeerallee, Potsdam

9.00 – 9.10 a.m.
WELCOME BY
MATTHIAS PLATZECK Minister President of the Federal State of Brandenburg

9.10 – 9.30 a.m.
OPENING SPEECH
“The Transatlantic Perspective –
Freedom of the Press in Europe“
Paul Steiger, Editor-in-Chief and Founder ProPublica/USA

9.30 - 11.00 a.m.
PANEL I
Politics and Power: The Freedom of the Press in Europe

How do policies in particular countries influence freedom of the press?
Where is the beginning and the end of press freedom?
What implications do restrictions on press freedom have for individual countries and for Europe?
How can political encroachment be inhibited?
What are the implications for freedom of the press as cross-media ownership of single politicians or financially powerful entrepreneus increases?

Keynote:
Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy (Belsat TV, PL)

Panel:
Mikhail Fishman (Newsweek, RU), Paolo Mastrolilli (La Stampa, I), Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy Belsat TV, PL), Anita Rozentale (Bauskas Dzive, LV), Ljiljana Smajlovic (Journalists Association of Serbia), Hans-Martin Tillack (Stern, GER), Boyko Vassilev (BNT, BG)

Host:
Astrid Frohloff (ARD/Reporters without Borders, GER)

Open panel discussion

11.00 – 11.30 a.m.
COFFEE BREAK presented by PLISTA GmbH

11.30 a.m – 1.00 p.m.
PANEL II
A New Economic Era – Is the Digital Revolution endangering the Freedom of the Press?

What are the consequesces of digitalisation for freedom of the press?
How do economical constraints and increasing cost reduction affect the quality of reporting and press freedom?
How do technological gatekeeper influence freedom of the press?
How does monopolation of technical distrubution affect press freedom?
In how far does digitalisation offer opportunities to increase freedom of the press?

Introductory Note: Mathias Döpfner
(Axel Springer AG, GER)
Introductory Note: Daniel Schmitt (Wikileaks)

Panel:
Wolfgang Blau (Zeit Online, GER), Mathias Döpfner (Axel Springer AG, GER), Mathias Müller von Blumencron (Der Spiegel, GER), Michael Rediske (Reporters without Borders, GER), Philipp Schindler (Google Europe), Daniel Schmitt (Wikileaks), Paul Steiger (ProPublica, USA), Mark Thompson (Thomson Reuters, UK)

Host:
Christoph Lanz (DW-TV, GER)

Open panel discussion

1.00 – 3.00 p.m.
LUNCH

3.00 – 4.30 p.m.
PANEL III
Light and Shadow of the Law: Legislation, Courts and the Implications for the Media

What consequences do recent interpretations of privacy and its protection laws draw for press freedom and the media’s duty to inform?
How significant is the state’s handling of rights to access and obtain information?
Where and when can the banning of advertising, the denial of rights to access information and further prohibition laws be justified; and what danger comes with it?

Keynote:
John Witherow (The Sunday Times, UK)

Panel:
Grzegorz Jankowski (Fakt, PL), Roger Köppel (Weltwoche, CH), Morgan Olofsson (SVT, S), Matthias Prinz (Prinz Neidhardt Engelschall, GER), Dan Turturica (Romania Libera, RO), John Witherow (The Sunday Times, UK)

Host:
Stephan Detjen (Deutschlandfunk, GER)

Open panel discussion

4.30 – 6.00 p.m.
BREAK


6.00 – 8.00 p.m.
THE M100 SANSSOUCI PRIZE CEREMONY
Raphael Hall in the Orangery in Sanssouci Park

Welcome
Jann Jakobs, (Lord Mayor the state capital Potsdam)

Keynote-Speech
"21st Century Challenges to
Press Freedom in Europe"

Christopher Walker, (Director of Studies, Freedom House, USA)

Main Speech 
Angela Merkel, (Federal Chancellor of Germany)
           
Laudatio
Joachim Gauck, (Gegen Vergessen –
für Demokratie e.V.)

Acceptance Speech
Kurt Westergaard, (Illustrator, Denmark)

8.00 p.m.
GALA DINNER
New Chambers, Schloss Sanssouci