Czech Radio hosted a prestigious conference on Ukraine in Prague
As part its 100-year celebrations, Czech Radio held the international conference "Media and Ukraine" on Thursday 22 June in Prague.
The focus of the conference was on the role of the media in covering events in Ukraine and the responsibility of journalists and the West as a whole. The conference was streamed online in its entirety and remains available in video recording (in Czech, selected parts in English).
The conference opened with a keynote speech by Czech President Petr Pavel, and the several subsequent topical sessions featured guest speakers of renowned names. Reporters Martin Dorazín, Petra Procházková and Václav Černohorský presented their work and shared their experiences as war correspondents. Another panel discussion addressed the current issue of disinformation – one of the three speakers was data journalist Jan Cibulka from Czech Radio. The general directors of Czech and Slovak Radio, René Zavoral and Luboš Machaj respectively, spoke about the specific role of public service media in covering the war conflict. Unfortunately, at the last minute it was decided that the Mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko would not be able to attend in person, but the audience was able to hear his take on the situation in a very recently pre-recorded interview. The evening feature session featured guest speakers Zhanna Nemtsova, Marci Shore and Peter Pomerantsev and focused on the West's position and responsibilities in the current war.