The Mediapart symposium: 'Truth in the digital age'

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As part of the many events marking its 10th anniversary this month, Mediapart organised an international symposium on March 16th to debate and examine the many challenges, the new possibilities and the new obstacles, for truthful reporting and information gathering in the digital age. The debates, which were broadcast here live with simultaneous translation in English on Friday afternoon, brought together journalists and experts with a special insight into the questions about serving the public’s right to know, the fundamental issue which has been at the heart of Mediapart’s initial project and also its mission over the past decade (click on headline for more details on inside page, click on screen for the replay).

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Vendredi 16 Mars 2018 pour les 10 ans de Mediapart : Colloque international - Le droit de savoir © Mediapart

As part of the many events marking its 10th anniversary this weekend, Mediapart held an international symposium on Friday to debate and examine the many challenges, the new possibilities and the new obstacles, for truthful reporting and information gathering in the digital age.

The debates, which were broadcast here live on Friday afternoon, brought together journalists and experts with a special insight into the issues of serving the public’s right to know, the fundamental issue which has been at the heart of Mediapart’s initial project and also its mission over the past decade. The symposium asked which truth? How do you find it? Who is the custodian of it? Who is threatening it?

The series of debates broadcast earlier here live from the Centquatre centre in Paris, one of several events marking Mediapart’s 10th anniversary, brought together journalists and experts with a special insight into the issues of serving the public’s right to know, including: Eyal Weizman (3.30pm), an architect and academic at Goldsmiths, University of London, and founder of the research agency Forensic Architecture; historian Robert Darnton (5pm), University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard University and a specialist in books from the Enlightenment, and Roberto Scarpinato (6.30pm), an anti-Mafia judge and Attorney-General at the Court of Appeal in Palermo, Sicily, and Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of the British daily, The Guardian.

Three roundtable discussions during the symposium were dedicated to "The new challenges of investigative journalism" (2.30pm), "The issues surrounding information reporting in a hostile environment" (4pm), and "The new forms of lie mongering in the digital age" (5.30pm).

For more details on the events marking Mediapart's 10th anniversary on March 16th and 17th, see Mediapart publishing editor and co-founder Edwy Plenel's blogpost here.

 

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