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Global Media Forum: Noam Chomsky to attend

How citizens can revive democracy will be the subject of a speech by media critic Noam Chomsky at the Global Media Forum in Bonn, running June 17-19 under the title "The Future of Growth - Economic Values and the Media."

Chomsky, the renowned 84-year-old US linguist, gained widespread attention around the world due in part to his opposition to the Vietnam War. He is among the prominent critics of globalization and is considered the intellectual father of the Occupy movement. Chomsky has spoken out about the balance of power between rich and poor as well as between the world's economies and ecology.

"When Alan Greenspan was testifying to Congress about the success of the economy he was managing, he said it's based on 'growing worker insecurity.' Any economist can explain: If workers are insecure, they don't ask for rights, they don't ask for wages, they don't make any protests, you can harshly exploit them," Chomsky said in a 2011 speech to students at the University of Cologne. The academic will address Deutsche Welle's international media congress on June 17, 2013, the GMF's opening day, when he will give a lecture entitled "A Roadmap for a Just World - People Reanimating Democracy."

Registration is now open for the international media conference held from June 17-19 in the World Conference Center Bonn. The sixth edition of the conference will center on "The Future of Growth - Economic Values and the Media." Deutsche Welle once again expects around 2,000 attendees from all around the world. In 50 workshops and plenary sessions, participants will discuss the many questions arising from this year's topic.

This year's Global Media Forum was organized in partnership with UN organizations UN Water, UNEVOC and UNCTAD, as well as Amnesty International, Germanwatch, Misereor, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, the World Future Council, the Grimme Institut, the Goethe Institut and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The 2013 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum is co-hosted by the Foundation for International Dialogue of the Sparkasse in Bonn. It is supported by Germany's Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Regional Development Fund, the Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as by the City of Bonn. The North Rhine-Westphalian Foundation for Environment and Development is a cooperation partner.