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Inequality dominates discussions at German global media event

Inequality around the world was the topic of discussion last week as 2,000 participants from 120 nations took part in the 11th Global Media Forum (GMF) in Bonn, Germany.
This year’s conference took place from June 11-13 covering the theme of global inequalities with participants talking about how media outlets could address the issue and show what could be done to alleviate the problem.

Some of the 2,000 participants at the opening of the 11th Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany, last week.

Over the last decade, the Global Media Forum has firmly established its position as Germany’s largest international media conference.
Speaking at the conference, Director General of Deutsche Welle (DW), Mr Peter Limbourg, said this makes the GMF “a unique platform for exchange between international journalists and media managers from our partners across the globe - and with people who are engaged in upholding freedom of the press and media.”
“Every year, the GMF illustrates just how well-connected Deutsche Welle really was,” Limbourg added. “We can learn a lot through exchange and dialogue.”
This year, the GMF addressed the topic of global inequality in some 60 different events, in which EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Ms Mariya Gabriel took part, as well as Afghanistan’s former president Mr Hamid Karzai - who caused a stir before the conference began by squarely blaming Pakistan and the US for his country’s desolate situation in a DW interview.
On a more practical level, one of the most anticipated journalists appearing at the conference was Mr Yusuf Omar. Known as the pioneer of ‘mobile reporting,’ he explained how smartphones can be used in the fight against inequality.
“If the pen is mightier than the sword, then the cell phone is our most powerful instrument of change,” Omar told DW in a pre-conference interview.
For DW’s Limbourg, another important aspect of the GMF is “that we deal with ideas about where inequality arises - in fact, is almost seen as normal - and what we can do to confront it.”
“Even if we know there will never be absolute equality around the world, we must nevertheless strive toward establishing the same fundamental rights for all. In concrete terms, that also forces us to reflect upon how that affects our reporting,” he added.
DW is renowned for its credibility and journalistic independence. The international broadcaster delivers global news from Germany, available in 30 languages worldwide. With television channels in English, Spanish, Arabic and German, and digital content in 30 languages, DW brings its audiences closer to what matters most with news, features and talk shows covering everything from business, science and politics to culture and sports.
DW Akademie, together with its partners, plays a leading role in the development of free media systems, creating access to information, setting standards for education and independent journalism. 

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
June 19,

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