AEJ INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS
AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
To be held at: Hotel Reconquista.
Dates: 5, 6 & 7th October
Asociación de Periodistas Europeos
Fundación Príncipe de Asturias
Thursday, 5th October
Arrival of all participants in Oviedo
AEJ Executive Committee Reunion
Friday, 6th October
power and responsibility
Vicente Álvarez Areces,
President of the Principado de Asturias
José Ramón Álvarez Rendueles, President of the Fundación Príncipe de Asturias.
10:30. First Session.
Europe, A Necessary Leader in the International Scene? Does
the World Need an Influential Europe?
Among the turmoil of feelings that the 9-11 attacks left among
Europeans, two of the most prominent were vulnerability and
impotence. European citizens were confronted with the need to put up
a united front but, above all, with the necessity of being able to
have an influence and an impact ourselves.
The EU has 500 million inhabitants: double the population of the USA
and four times that of Japan. It is the largest economy in the
world, representing 30% of the global GDP. It is the largest global
exporter of goods and services- both to developed and developing
countries- and is responsible for approximately 50% of all the
direct investment made in the world today. Europe is also the
largest global donor of development aid, being responsible, for
instance, for 70% of sanitary and health assistance in the world
today. And last, but not least, Europe is, in quantitative terms, an
authentic “diplomatic superpower”: there are 45.000 European civil
servants destined abroad working for 3.000 diplomatic and consular
missions, compared to the 200 missions and 12.000 civil servants
which the US has abroad. But Europe often finds that it is unable to
translate all this economic, diplomatic and cultural strength into a
The articles of the project for a European Constitution establishes
the objectives of a European Common Foreign Policy in terms of the
promotion of peace, prosperity and social well being of the peoples
of the world, on the base of the values of respect, liberty,
democracy, equality and the rule of law.
Meanwhile, the only dominant superpower of our day appears unable to
guarantee global security on its own. The heightened violence in the
Middle and Near East, nuclear proliferation in Asia, the
catastrophes associated to failed states in Africa or what has come
to be called the “new Latin American fracture” between populist
governments and liberal democracies are some of the pressing
challenges that the international community faces. Does Europe has
its own vision of these conflicts and has it defined methods for
their solution? Can Europe contribute a different approach to crisis
resolution, and what responsibility to do so should it bear?
Jorge Edwards, Writer and journalist. Premio Cervantes 1999.
Director of Gazeta Wyborza. Poland
Director for External and
Multilateral Relations at the Council of Europe
José María Ridao, Diplomat
and writer. Spain
Athanase Papandropoulos, Editor in Chief of European Business Magazine and the
European Business Portal
Agence Europe. Belgium.
“Der Spiegel” Correspondent
President of the Board
of the Czech News Agency CTK.
Diego Carcedo, writer and member of the Director’s Council
16:30. Second Session.
European Journalists and Media
Before the International Crises of the 21st Century.
Journalistic attitudes, rights and responsibilities when reporting
The media construct truth, history, the narrative of facts and
events, especially in the case of reports and news coming from
distant conflicts. The words and images of the media give shape to
an amorphous reality, determining the public’s opinion and
understanding of the world beyond their immediate sight.
This being the case, the common saying that “truth is the first
victim of war” must lead us to inspect the behaviour of our media in
this type of situation. Is there a tendency among the European Media
to “side” with one of the groups involved in distant conflicts? How
must a journalist react when he encounters “patriotic pressures”? Is
it possible for a journalist to preserve his independence against
the line of the media outlet he works for has chosen?
Among the most persistent and reported “regions of conflict” in the
European media, we find the Near an Middle East: What narratives
determine the European view of this region and its conflicts?
A new and troubling phenomenon are rising accusations of
Anti-Semitism in the media. Do these respond to a strategy to
invalidate criticism of the Israeli government, or do we genuinely
find cases of anti-Semitism in our media?
At the same time, we also see a rise of accusations of Islamophobia
in news on the campaign that has come to be labelled as the “War on
Terror” and the phenomenon of international terrorism. Is there a
fear among journalists of being labelled as anti-Semitic or
Islamophobic when preparing reports on the above subjects? What
effect, if any, does this have on the way news is reported?
Sylvain Cypel. Redacteur en chef at “Le Monde”.
Juan Cueto. Writer and Journalist. Spain
William Horsley, BBC European Affairs Correspondent and Analyst
Maria Fernanda Gabriel. Strasbourg Correspondent for RDP/RTP. Portugal
Felipe Sahagún. Member of the Editorial Council of “El Mundo”
Horst Keller, Writer and journalist.
Pascale Bourgaux, RTBF. Belgium
Javier Fdez. Arribas, News Director at Punto Radio
Eileen Dunne, Presenter RTE1 News. Ireland.
19:30. CLOSING SESSION
Alberto Navarro, Spanish Secretary
of State for the EU
SATURDAY, 7TH OCTOBER