Losing the media war to autocrats and terrorists: why liberal media fails where it’s needed most

Friday  22 February  2019  12:00 PM    Friday  22 February  2019 1:15 PM
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In a world where liberal media has become available to almost everyone from everywhere, the media propaganda spread by the Kremlin and ISIS continue to find thousands of followers, despite the near-endless alternatives. Join us for a look at the media strategies of illiberal actors, namely Russia and Islamic State, and trying to understand why they have been successful, and how liberal- or democratic-minded media can counter their influence. The talk will be followed by an open discussion with the public. 

Michael Petrou is a two-time National Magazine Award-winning journalist and author who has reported from across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. His latest book, Is This Your First War? Travels Through the Post-9/11 Islamic World, won the Ottawa Book Award for non-fiction. Petrou has a DPhil in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. Michael Petrou writes for OpenCanada.

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