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Alternative forms of information, and Democracy
At JOHN CASSAVETES, Monday, March 16, 2009, 11:00
Speakers: Paraschos Mandravelis (journalist / political analyst, Kathimerini newspaper / SKAI Radio & TV), Ilias Kanellis (journalist), Niels Kadritzke (journalist, editor of Le Monde Diplomatique German edition), Grigoris Paschalidis (sociologist / Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). Moderator: Stelios Kouloglou (journalist / doc. director)

The riots that took place in Athens and other major Greek cities this past December brought back to the foreground of public discourse the role of the Mass Media,while at the same time highlighting alternative –mostly electronic –means, which, until then had remained in the margins of the world of information. Are we talking about information media or levers of manipulation? Do they shape democracy or do they regulate it? In the complex landscape of reality, the need for alternative voices in the discourse concerning democracy and the Mass Media is becoming more and more imperative. Through the prism of current events, the 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival explores this topic in a panel discussion with journalists, academics and bloggers, in an effort to arrive at its core, i.e. at the documentary as the form par excellence of alternative information.
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