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Preview of the guest list for the 2014 Global Media Forum

The plenary chamber at the GMF

The 2014 DW Global Media Forum (GMF) will focus on the transformative power of the Internet and its effect on modern media, governance and political participation.  A collection of intriguing individuals active in media and government will provide insight, understanding and shed new light on these critical issues.

Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland ,will be delivering a keynote speech following opening remarks from DW Director General Peter Limbourg.  Also attending as a special guest will be the Egyptian political satirist Bassem Youssef, host of the widely-popular and controversial comedy news show El Bernameg. Other special guests include German Foreign Minister, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and humanitarian activist Auma Obama.

The Media Summit at the GMF will get to the core of the issue at hand with a panel of distinguished individuals from German and international media. Delivering a keynote speech will be the CEO of Axel Springer Germany, Mathias Doepfner.  Panelists will include Peter Horrocks, Director of BBC World Services Group and Director General of Al Jazeera Media Network, Dr. Mostefa Souag.

Another highlight will be a panel discussion on transatlantic relations with panelists that include Senior Editor for Foreign Policy at the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Stefan Cornelius, Editor-in-Chief of RTL television, Peter Kloeppel and DW Chief Political Correspondent, Melinda Crane.

You can see the entire guest list here.


2014-04-25 | 12:30



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