MFRR Summit 2022 | Day 3

Pluralist media for a democratic society


Keynote address

13:00 – 13:45 CET

The final day of the summit will open with a keynote from Veronika Munk, Editor-in-Chief of Telex, who will talk about leading a successful independent media outlet in the most captured environment in Europe and how that is impacting the election campaign and prospects of free and fair elections


  • Veronika Munk, Editor In Chief and Head of Content Development at Telex

Competing Models of Media Capture in Europe

Media capture in Czech Republic and Bulgaria and prospects for reform following changes in government

14:00 – 14:45 CET

During this session, we will hear from contributors to two reports from the International Press Institute (IPI) on media capture in Czech Republic, and Bulgaria and prospects for reform following changes in government.


  • Oliver Money-Kyrle, Head of Europe Advocacy and Programmes at International Press Institute (Chair)
  • Michal Klima, advisor to the Government on media freedom (Czech Republic)
  • Boryana Dzhambazova, freelance journalist (Bulgaria)
  • Marius Dragomir, Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society at the Central European University (Hungary)


Supporting local media

15:30 – 16:15 CET

Local news media play a critical role in informing citizens and enabling democratic participation, especially concerning particular topics of local interest. Local and regional outlets however are facing tremendous challenges, including declining audiences and increasing financial pressure, while not being immune from the problems facing the media more generally, such as increasing hostility against their journalists. What is at stake when local reporting is lost and how can we turn the tide on this trend?


  • Lucie Sykorova, Executive Board, ECPMF (Chair)
  • Francesca Rita, Researcher at Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT)
  • Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
  • Anja Pasquay, Spokeswoman of German Association of Newspaper and Digital Publishers (BDZV)
  • Julia Hildebrand, Project lead of beabee at CORRECTIV

Case study

  • Hannah Suppa, Chief editor of Leipziger Volkszeitung

Spotlight interview

With Olga Tokariuk

16:30 – 16:45 CET

For the final spotlight interview of the 2022 MFRR Summit, Olga Tokariuk, independent Ukrainian journalist and disinformation researcher, spoke to Camille Petit, Communications and Project Officer at the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) about her experience as a journalist during Russia’s war in Ukraine.


  • Camille Petit, Communications and Project Officer, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)


  • Olga Tokariuk, independent Ukrainian journalist and researcher


Discover the new #MapMF Alert Explorer 

17:00 – 18:00 CET

Online abuse, physical attacks, and defamation lawsuits are just some of the threats faced every day by journalists and media professionals across Europe. The workshop will teach you how to search and report press freedom violations so they can be tracked, and support can be offered. Mapping Media Freedom is an innovative platform which uses Artificial Intelligence to monitor attacks and threats to media professionals in Europe as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR). The programme is led by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom with several partners and funded by the European Commission. This workshop will offer an introduction to the public platform and the monitoring system and will also include a practical section for participants to learn how to upload alerts and search for information. It will be led by Antje Schlaf and Neus Vidal, in charge of the monitoring system at the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom.


  • Antje Schlaf, Mapping Media Freedom Consultant, ECPMF
  • Neus Vidal, Monitoring Officer, ECPMF