Events | Democracy under Threat? The Role of Media in the Age of Populism

Berlin | December 3, 2019 | 6:30 PM

Photo by The New York Public Library on Unsplash // Photographer: Dorothea Lange


Karen Attiah

Global Opinions Editor, The Washington Post

Ines Pohl

Editor-in-Chief, Deutsche Welle


moderated by

Barbara Junge

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, taz

The media is increasingly under attack. Its role as the fourth estate in democracies is eroding and many doubt its position as fair arbiter of information. How should media react to the ongoing attacks by increasingly powerful populist forces? How can media retake responsibility and restore trust? Is freedom of the press in danger and, if yes, how can it be defended? What will be the consequences for democracy? What can we expect for the U.S. presidential election in 2020?

This event is part of the series “The Backlash Against Liberal Democracy”, which brings together influential voices from Europe and the United States to shed light on different aspects of the challenges that liberal democracies face. Speakers so far have included Timothy Snyder, Daniel Ziblatt, and Francis Fukuyama.

The event will be followed by a reception.

A cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the United States and taz. Supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung

taz Kantine, Friedrichstraße 21, 10969 Berlin

To RSVP or if you have any questions, please contact Mirko Lux via email ( or telephone (+49 30 20623640).

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