Journalism and the war against reality
This is an online only event hosted on the British Library platform. Bookers will be sent a viewing link shortly before the event and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time.
This event will be live captioned.
There used to be ‘grand narratives’ underpinning our understanding of everything from the behaviour of states to literature. But Putin’s war in Ukraine shows how storylines that once connected us have now collapsed. This event brings together frontline journalists in a call for urgent new thinking on what binds us, from Manila to Silicon Valley; from London to Moscow.
Natalia Antelava is a former BBC foreign correspondent turned co-founder and editor-in-chief of Coda Story. Originally from Tbilisi, Georgia, Natalia started her career in West Africa, then reported for the BBC from the Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East, Washington DC and India. She covered the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008. Her reporting on disinformation and human rights abuses have won a number of awards and an Emmy nomination. Natalia has also written for the Guardian, Forbes magazine and the New Yorker among others.
Peter Pomerantsev is a Research Fellow at the Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where he directs the Arena Initiative. He has testified on the challenges of information war to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the UK Parliament Defence Select Committee. His book on Russian propaganda, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, won the 2016 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, was nominated for the Samuel Johnson, Guardian First Book, Pushkin House and Gordon Burns Prizes. His latest book is This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality (Public Affairs, 2019).
One other special guest to be announced shortly
Coda Story is an award-winning media start-up that reports on major currents shaping our world from disinformation to authoritarian technologies to the war on science. Coda stays on these stories to reveal why they matter, how they are connected and where they are heading next.
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