Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies IUB

Speaking Truth to Power: Media Capture, Disinformation and Democracy

Access the live stream of this conference here, starting at 2 pm: http://www.indiana.edu/~video/stream/liveflash.html?filename=sgis.

This symposium marks the Bloomington launch of the partnership between SGIS and the National Endowment for Democracy: “Speaking Truth to Power: Media Capture, Disinformation and Democracy” will draw attention to the intersecting challenges confronting media systems and democracy, featuring two panels of researchers, policy experts, and leaders of the front-line efforts to safeguard reliable information and democratic debate around the world.


Tentative Schedule:


2:00 – 3:15 PM   Captured Media, Captured Democracies: Media capture implies a collusion between political elites and media owners to undermine the watchdog function of the news, and frequently involves the complicity of media regulators. This panel will explore these neglected threats to trustworthy news media, and how the spreading capture of the media is at the heart of a broader crisis in democracy.


  • Natalia Arno, President, Free Russia Foundation
  • Shanthi Kalathil, Director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy
  • Gabor Scheiring, Research Associate, University of Cambridge, Chair, Progressive Hungary Campaign
  • Elizabeth Stein, Mark Helmke Postdoctoral Fellow on Media, Development, and Democracy, SGIS
  • Paul Helmke, Professor of Practice, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, IU (Moderator)


3:30 – 4:45 PM   On the Frontlines of Disinformation and Democracy: These panel will feature speakers who are leading the efforts to combat media capture and disinformation, though with different strategic approaches.


  • Aleksander Dardeli, Executive Vice President for Strategy and Development, IREX
  • Maxine Tanya Hamada, Corporate Secretary, Institute for Leadership, Empowerment & Democracy, and Member, Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy
  • Miriam Lanskoy, Senior Director for Russia and Eurasia, National Endowment for Democracy
  • Marco Larizza, Senior Public Sector Specialist, Governance Global Practice, World Bank
  • Mark Nelson, Senior Director, Center for International Media Assistance, NED (Moderator)



5:00 – 5:30 PM   Conversation and Conclusions:

  • Lee Feinstein, Dean, School of Global and International Studies
  • Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy




Thursday February 15, 2018 02:00 PM
Thursday February 15, 2018 05:30 PM
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