Until recently, when you turned on the TV or sat down with the paper, there was simply news and “not news”, stories that mattered and those that did not. And then came Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the phenomenon of “fake news”, all of which have left the world reeling and questioning whether we can really believe what we see and hear in the media. In this new world where every truth has its ‘alternative truth’, how can we tell the fact from the fiction? Truth from propaganda?
This groundbreaking event gathers together two of Britain’s most experienced and highly acclaimed political and social commentators for a close look at life in the era of fake news.
Reporting on some of the biggest national and global affairs of the last 30 years, journalist, Christina Lamb OBE and regular contributor to the international media, Afshin Shahi, have witnessed the seemingly unassailable rise of fake news and seen first-hand the frightening ramifications for human rights policies and governmental attitudes around the world.
Join our expert panel, as they share insights and personal experiences of this new era of news and ask what the role of journalism has become and how vital it is that we preserve its integrity.