Pedro-serrano
Pedro Serrano
Justin-schlosberg
Justin Schlosberg
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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Stephenlaw
Stephen Law

Oxford Debate. Fog Of War: Who Can We Trust, And Why, When Conflicts Arise?

Pedro Serrano, Justin Schlosberg and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown chaired Stephen Law

Monday, 18 March 2024

12:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£8 - £15

Media expert Professor Justin Schlosberg, journalist and commentator Yasmin Alibhai Brown and EU Ambassador to the UK Pedro Serrano discuss how recent major conflicts are being reported in the media and ask whether we can trust what we are being told.

The way Israeli-Palestinian, Russia-Ukraine, and other horrific conflicts have been reported on in the media has been highly controversial. Fake news is widespread, video and audio can be easily manipulated, and newspapers and other news sources often have their own agendas and biases. There is a huge amount of uncertainty about whom we can trust, if anyone. How can we come to reasonable conclusions about the rights and wrongs of such conflicts if we are so poorly informed about them?

Schlosberg is Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Westminster, co-founder of the Institute for Journalism and Social Change, a former Chair of the Media Reform Coalition, and Edmund J Safra Network Fellow at Harvard University. He is the author and co-author of several books about the media including the forthcoming Disinformation: A Critical Perspective.

Alibhai-Brown is a British journalist and author who has written extensively on a variety of issues, including conflicts from Iraq to Palestine and the ‘war on terror’. Her books include In Defence of Political Correctness, Refusing The Veil and Exotic England: The Making of A Curious Nation.

Serrano is the EU Ambassador to the UK. From 2000 onwards, he has contributed actively, in different capacities, to the development of the EU’s foreign, security, and defence policies. He sees Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine as one of the greatest challenges faced by the EU, other European countries, and the broader international community.

Discussions are chaired by Dr Stephen Law, a philosopher and academic, author of bestselling introductions to philosophy for adults and children, editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think, and the festival’s major projects director.

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The Telegraph Festival media partner University of Oxford Netflix European Union Supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the UK Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Oxford Mathematics Spanish Embassy The Spanish Embassy: supporters of the programme of Spanish literature and culture Cervantes Institute, London The Cervantes Institute, London Italian Embassy The Italian Embassy: supporter of the programme of Italian literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner International Literary Properties Festival literary heritage partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Festival hotel Old Bank Hotel Five-star hotel partners of The Oxford Collection Old Parsonage Hotel Five-star hotel partners of The Oxford Collection Jim Mellon John Roberts Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture Tim and Marion Stevenson Martin and Elise Becket Smith Miles Young Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Carole and John Allen David Isaac Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Anna Hunter Rhys and Kerry Phillip Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival. Founded 1314 New College New College founded 1379 Worcester College Worcester College founded 1714 Lincoln College Lincoln College founded 1427 St Cross College St Cross College founded 1965 Trinity College Trinity College founded 1555 Magdalen College Magdalen College founded 1458 Critchleys Accountants to the festival Pasture to Plate Compassion in World Farming Human Ecology Project MACROVegan Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Sponsor of the EBRD Literature Prize since 2018 ROOMS Georgia's leading lifestyle hotel brand since 2012. Supporters of the programme of Georgian literature and culture Jewish Book Week Partner of Oxford Literary Festival Foodbuy Thje Menu Partners Institute of Hospitality Goldmoney Properties Project People Oxford Brookes University Oxford International Centre for Publishing Confucius Institute Pusey House British Academy Festival academic partner Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford United Football Club Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Paul Bloomfield Ltd University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Conference Oxford Felicity Bryan Associates CAV Oxford The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Images Oxford University Images Oxford University Department for Continuing Education Force4Good Consultancy Corporate communications OX magazine Ox in a Box K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography The Litmus Partnership Schoolreaders Windrush Group James Currey Society