Learn more about the Global Media Forum, the international media summit organized annually by DW, Germany’s international broadcaster. As COVID-19 continues, GMF has sought digital ways to keep the conversation going.
Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of democratic discourse and a major catalyst for social cohesion. Nevertheless, free speech is facing growing challenges across the globe, as the digital revolution and political struggles continually transform the economic and social frameworks of independent media.
The media landscape of the future will increasingly depend on intercultural exchange, where fundamental issues can be discussed, conflicting views be consolidated and lessons be learned together. Using an international and interdisciplinary approach, the DW Global Media Forum presents a unique event that addresses exactly that objective.
The place made for minds – now in the digital realm
For the past 12 years, the Global Media Forum has each year brought together more than 2,000 participants from over 140 countries together at the plenary hall of the former German Bundestag in Bonn – known today as the World Conference Center Bonn – making it "The place made for minds."
Here, media professionals got together to discuss the latest socio-political issues of our time and, in particular, how they relate to and are dealt with by the media. They were joined by decision-makers and influencers from politics and civil society, culture, education, business and science.
However, due to the coronavirus pandemic last year, planning a networking conference of this kind became impossible. Therefore, we organized the Global Media Forum for the first time as a digital-only event in 2020, addressing important issues and trends pertaining to "Pluralism. Populism. Journalism." throughout the year.
In 2021, the Global Media Forum will be held as a hybrid event, which will be live-streamed from the Deutsche Welle headquarters in Bonn, Germany, lending opportunities for people from around the world to connect with each other despite the challengers of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We will discuss the effects of "Disruption and Innovation" and what they mean for the media.
In the future, we hope to welcome our delegates in person in Bonn again when the pandemic situation is no longer a threat to our lives and livelihoods, while building on the lessons we have learned from going digital during this unique chapter of history.