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Global Media Forum

Global Media Forum 2021

The next Global Media Forum will take place on June 14 and 15, 2021 at the World Conference Center Bonn. In the meantime, we will focus on producing compelling digital content, and create online exchange during 2020.

Dear friends of the Global Media Forum, 

This year, Deutsche Welle will not be holding the Global Media Forum, which was originally planned for July 6 - 7, 2020 in Bonn. Unfortunately, it has been necessary for DW to take this decision in view of worldwide efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

For the past 12 years, the Global Media Forum has brought together more than 2,000 participants from over 120 countries. Planning  a networking conference of this kind is not possible at present. We regret this deeply. It would have been a great pleasure for us to welcome you all back to Bonn again.

However, Deutsche Welle fully intends to host the Global Media Forum again next year as planned on June 14 and 15, 2021 at the World Conference Center Bonn. We would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to save the date.

In the meantime, Deutsche Welle will offer digital networking opportunities to all friends of the GMF in 2020. We will use digital formats to promote discussions on this year's topic "Pluralism. Populism. Journalism." and create opportunities for interactions and exchanges within our global conference community. As ever, we will use these means to drive the agenda in these turbulent times. You are all welcome to participate in these digital discussions. Deutsche Welle will provide information about our offers and content for this global, interdisciplinary conversation via our newsletters and on the Global Media Forum social media channels. 

We trust you will understand the necessity of this change to our plans, and sincerely hope to see you again in person at the Global Media Forum 2021 in Bonn.

Warmest regards,


Peter Limbourg,

Director-General, Deutsche Welle


Verica Spasovska,

Head of Events, Deutsche Welle