Programme

  • Sessions
  • Speakers
  • Social Events
  • Accompanying
    Persons’ Tours
  • Post Congress
    Tours

Sessions

Saturday | Sunday | Monday | Tuesday

 

Saturday, 6 June 2009
09:30-17:00 IPI Board Meeting
(for IPI Board Members only)
19:30 Welcome Reception
Sunday, 7 June 2009
10:30

Opening Ceremony

 

Speakers:

Sauli Niinistö, Speaker of the Finnish Parliament

Janne Virkkunen, Senior Editor-in-Chief, Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki; Chairman of IPI

David Dadge, Director of IPI

 

Presentation of the "IPI Free Media Pioneer 2009"
awarded to Novaya Gazeta, Moscow
Dmitry Muratov, Editor-in-Chief, Novaya Gazeta, Moscow

 

12:00

Lunch

12:00 Regional Network Meetings
13:30

“Nordic Democracy – A Lesson for the World?”
The so-called Nordic Model, with its emphasis on consensual political institutions, social welfare, and the universal provision of basic human rights, has long been admired by other countries. But critics point at the increased state interference in all areas of public life. Has the right balance been achieved? Is the Nordic model of democracy exportable? What challenges does globalisation present to the model?

 

Panelists:

Andrew Brown, Writer and Journalist, The Guardian, London

Sixten Korkman, Managing Director, Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA) and the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA), Helsinki

Pär Nuder, former Minister of Finance, Stockholm

Moderator: Egill Helgason, Presenter, "Silfur Egils", Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RUV), Reykjavik

15:00 Coffee Break
15:30-17:00

“The Bear on the Doorstep – Russia’s Resurgence and the Start of a New Cold War?”
A natural gas pricing dispute that left vast parts of Central and Eastern Europe in the cold; a five-day war with Georgia to defend the rights of Russian citizens living in separatist enclaves; and threats to do the same in other areas – is Russia trying to restore some of its former status, or is this a sign of a possible new Cold War?

 

Panelists: 

Anatoly Adamishin, former Deputy Foreign Minister of the Soviet Union; former Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

Edward Lucas, Deputy Editor, International Section; Central and Eastern Europe Correspondent, The Economist, London

 

Moderator: Jim Clancy, Anchor, CNN, Atlanta

19:30 Opening Dinner
Monday, 8 June 2009
09:30

“The International Financial Crisis and the Media”
What are the predicted consequences of the current financial crisis? How will the crisis affect media outlets, already suffering from a decline in readers/viewers and advertising revenue? How has the media reported on the crisis? Has it been getting the story right? Does the media exacerbate financial crises?

 

Panelists:

Jill Abramson, Managing Editor, The New York Times, New York

Mikael Pentikäinen, President of Sanoma News Ltd, Finland

Gillian Tett, Assistant Editor, The Financial Times, London

 

Moderator: Tim Modise, Presenter, "AM Live", SAfm, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Johannesburg

11:00 Coffee Break
11:30

“Asian Capitalism – Can Economies Survive without Free Media?”
Critics of the “Asian Values” propounded in the 1990s argued that they were a mere a justification by authoritarian regimes to suppress universal human rights. Yet the economies of such countries as Singapore and, in particular, China have continued to thrive without democratic reform. Will they now need a free media to help overcome the drag of the global financial crisis, corruption, and such problems as China’s unsafe products?

 

Panelists:

Yuen-Ying Chan, Director, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Anthony Milner, Basham Professor of History, Centre for Asian Societies and Histories, Australian National University, Canberra

Xiao Qiang, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, China Digital Times; Director, China Internet Project, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley, CA

 

Moderator:

Matt Steinglass, Correspondent, DPA-German News Agency, Hanoi

13:00

Lunch

14:00

“New Media and the Future of Broadcast News”
The continued growth of the Internet and wireless communications is rapidly changing the news media industry. Blogs, citizen journalism, content aggregation, interactivity and other new forms of distributing information provide viewers and listeners with an almost unlimited choice of alternatives to traditional broadcast news. How are broadcasters adjusting? Is there a future for broadcast news?

 

Panelists:

Atte Jääskeläinen, Director of News, Sport and Regional programming, YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company

Jacob Weisberg, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief,

Slate Group, New York

 

Moderator:

Pete Clifton, Head of Editorial Development, Multi-Media Journalism, BBC News, London

15:30
Coffee Break
16:00

IPI Special Presentation: “Balibo” Press Conference
Introduction of the Australian feature film "Balibo", scheduled for release in July 2009. “Balibo” recreates events surrounding the shooting of five journalists for Australian TV networks – Gary Cunningham, Brian Peters, Malcolm Rennie, Greg Shackleton and Tony Stewart – during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975.

 

Panelists:
Robert Connolly, Director of “Balibo”
Damon Gameau, Actor
Maureen Tolfree, Sister of Brian Peters

 

Moderator:

Kerry Skyring, Editor, "Reality Check", Radio FM4, Vienna

19:30 Dinner
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
09:30

“Footprints, Fossil Fuels and Food Prices: Reporting on Climate Change”
Journalists play a crucial role in providing the information that policymakers and the public need to understand the urgency of global warming and climate change-related issues. Is the media doing enough to raise awareness? How can it improve its coverage – in terms of both quantity and quality – of this most global of issues?

 

Panelists:

Charles Kolstad, Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Jorma Ollila, Chairman of Nokia; Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell

Ali Sayigh, Director-General, World Renewable Energy Network (WREN), Brighton, UK

 

Moderator:

Curtis Brainard, Editor, The Observatory, Columbia Journalism Review, Columbia University, New York

11:00 Coffee Break
11:30

“Talking to Terrorists”
Should journalists, who provide the public with the information they need to understand the complexities of the battle against terrorism, talk with terrorists? Do they do so at the risk of becoming pawns in the terrorists’ public relations campaigns? Where should journalists draw the line?

 

Panelists:

Peter Bergen, Print and Television Journalist; Author; Terrorism Analyst, CNN

Alan Johnston, Correspondent, BBC World Service, London

Giuliana Sgrena, Correspondent, Il Manifesto, Rome

 

Moderator:
Hamid Mir, Executive Editor, Geo TV, Islamabad

 

13:00 Lunch
14:00 IPI General Assembly
(for IPI Members only)
14:00 Presentation & Screening of the Documentary Film "One Water"
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30

Closing Ceremony


Keynote Speech
Tarja Halonen, President of the Republic of Finland


20:00 Farewell Dinner


 

Speakers

Printable biographies of speakers/panelists

 


Jill Abramson, Managing Editor, The New York Times, New York

“The International Financial Crisis and the Media”

 

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anatoly adamishin

Anatoly Adamishin, former Deputy Foreign Minister of the Soviet Union; former Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom

 

“The Bear on the Doorstep – Is Russia’s Resurgence the Start of a New Cold War?” 

 

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peter bergen

Peter Bergen, Print and TV Journalist; Author; Terrorism Analyst for CNN

 

“Talking to Terrorists”

 

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curtis brainard

Curtis Brainard, Editor, The Observatory, Columbia Journalism Review, Columbia University, New York

 

“Footprints, Fossil Fuels and Food Prices: Reporting on Climate Change”

 

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andrew brown

Andrew Brown, Writer and Journalist, The Guardian, London

 

“Nordic Democracy – A Lesson for the World?” 

 

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Yuen-Ying Chan, Director and Professor, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

 

“Asian Capitalism – Can Economies Survive without Free Media?”

 

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Brahma Chellaney
Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
 

“The Bear on the Doorstep – Is Russia’s Resurgence the Start of a New Cold War?”

 

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jim clancy

Jim Clancy, Anchor, CNN, Atlanta

 

“The Bear on the Doorstep – Is Russia’s Resurgence the Start of a New Cold War?”

 

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David Dadge

Pete Clifton, Head, Editorial Development, Multi-Media Journalism, BBC News, London

 

“New Media and the Future of Broadcast News”

 

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Robert Connolly, Director of “Balibo”

 

IPI Special Presentation: “Balibo” Press Conference

 

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David Dadge

David Dadge, Director of IPI

 

"Opening Ceremony"

 

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Damon Gameau, Actor

 

IPI Special Presentation: “Balibo” Press Conference

 

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Tarja Halonen,

President of the Republic of Finland

 

“Closing Ceremony”

Keynote Speech

 

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Egill Helgason, Presenter, "Silfur Egils", Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RUV), Reykjavik

 

“Nordic Democracy – A Lesson for the World?”

 

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alan johnston

Alan Johnston, Correspondent, BBC World Service

 

“Talking to Terrorists”

 

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Atte Jääskeläinen, Director of News, Sport and Regional programming, YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company

“New Media and the Future of Broadcast News”

 

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Charles Kolstad, Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

 

“Footprints, Fossil Fuels and Food Prices: Reporting on Climate Change”

 

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Sixten Korkman, Managing Director, Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA) and the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA), Helsinki

 

“Nordic Democracy – A Lesson for the World?”

 

 

 

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edward lucas

Edward Lucas, Deputy Editor and Central and Eastern Europe Correspondent, The Economist, London; Author of “The New Cold War”

 

“The Bear on the Doorstep – Is Russia’s Resurgence the Start of a New Cold War?”

 

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anthony milner

Anthony Milner, Basham Professor of History, Centre for Asian Societies and Histories, Australian National University, Canberra

 

“Asian Capitalism – Can Economies Survive without Free Media?” 

 

open bio »

Hamid Mir, Executive Editor, Geo TV, Islamabad

 

“Talking to Terrorists”

 

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Tim Modise, Presenter, "AM Live", SAfm, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Johannesburg

 

“The International Financial Crisis and the Media”

 

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Dmitry Muratov
Editor-in-Chief, Novaya Gazeta, Moscow

 

"Opening Ceremony"

 

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Sauli Niinistö

Sauli Niinistö, Speaker of the Finnish Parliament

 

"Opening Ceremony"

 

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pär nuder

Pär Nuder, former Minister of Finance, Stockholm

 

“Nordic Democracy – A Lesson for the World?”

 

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jorma ollila

Jorma Ollila, Chairman of Nokia; Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell

 

“Footprints, Fossil Fuels and Food Prices: Reporting on Climate Change”

 

open bio »

mikael pentikäinen

Mikael Pentikäinen, President, Sanoma News Ltd.

 

“The International Financial Crisis and the Media”

 

open bio »

xiao qiang

Xiao Qiang, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, China Digital Times; Director of the China Internet Project, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley

 

“Asian Capitalism – Can Economies Survive without Free Media?”

 

open bio »

xiao qiang

Ali Sayigh, Director-General, World Renewable Energy Network (WREN), Brighton, UK

 

“Footprints, Fossil Fuels and Food Prices: Reporting on Climate Change”

 

open bio »

giuliana sgrena

Giuliana Sgrena, Correspondent, Il Manifesto, Rome

 

“Talking to Terrorists” 

 

open bio »

giuliana sgrena

Kerry Skyring, Editor, "Reality Check", Radio FM4, Vienna

 

IPI Special Presentation: “Balibo” Press Conference

 

open bio »

matt steinglass

Matt Steinglass, Correspondent, DPA-German News Agency, Hanoi

 

“Asian Capitalism – Can Economies Survive without Free Media?” 

 

open bio »

gillian tett

Gillian Tett, Assistant Editor, The Financial Times, London

 

“The International Financial Crisis and the Media”

 

open bio »

Janne Virkkunen

Janne Virkkunen, Senior Editor-in-Chief, Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki; Chairman of IPI

 

"Opening Ceremony"

 

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Jacob Weisberg, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief,

Slate Group, New York

 

“New Media and the Future of Broadcast News”

 

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Social Events

Saturday, 6 June 2009
19:30 Welcome Reception at the House of the Estates hosted by Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Ministry of Transport and Communications
Sunday, 7 June 2009
19:30 Opening Dinner at Sanoma House, hosted by the Finnish Forest Industries
Monday, 8 June 2009
19:30 Dinner at Nokia House, hosted by Nokia Corporation
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
20:00 Farewell Dinner at the City Hall, hosted by the City of Helsinki

Accompanying Persons’ Tours

Saturday, 6 June 2009 (10.00 – 16.00)
– Helsinki City Tour and Suomenlinna Fortress


Sunday, 7 June 2009 (13.30 – 16.00)
– Visit to Marimekko


Monday,8 June 2009 (10.00 – 15.00)
–Old Wooden Town of Porvoo


Tuesday, 9 June 2009 (10.00 – 15.30)
– Tuusula Lake Road

 

1.Helsinki City Tour and Suomenlinna Fortress

 

monumentA comprehensive sightseeing tour of Helsinki will acquaint visitors with the most important and interesting parts of Helsinki, including the historical centre and diplomatic headquarters, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Parliament building, Finlandia Hall, Olympic Stadium, and the Opera House. Stops are made at Senate Square, the Sibelius Monument, and Temppeliaukio Church (the Church in the Rock).

 

After the bus tour a private ferry will take the group to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, one of the largest sea fortresses in the world. It was founded in 1748 and is located on six islands approximately one kilometre from the centre of Helsinki. Today Suomenlinna is included on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

A guided 20-minute walk around Suomenlinna will end with lunch served at the gourmet restaurant Walhalla. The ferry will bring the group back to Helsinki’s Market Square where buses will be waiting to provide transportation back to the hotels.

 

 

2.Visit to Marimekko

 

A visit to the legendary textile and clothing design company Marimekko, a leading Finnish corporation established in 1951. The company designs, manufactures, and markets high-quality clothing, interior decoration textiles, bags, and other accessories under the Marimekko brand, both in Finland and abroad.

 

During the visit some of the designers behind the bold and colourful creations will tell about their work. There will also be time for shopping.

 

 

3.Old Wooden Town of Porvoo

 

porvooOn this tour visitors will be introduced to the picturesque old wooden town of Porvoo, a charming medieval town with cobblestone streets and red ochre sheds and numerous antique and handicraft shops along its idyllic narrow streets.

 

The group will have a guided walking tour in the Old Town. Afterwards a three-course lunch will be served at the cosy Restaurant Wanha Laamanni, in the heart of the old part of Porvoo.

 

Driving time to Porvoo is about 45 minutes.

 

 

4.Lake Tuusula Road

 

ainolaAt the beginning of the 20th century, many masters of Finnish literature, art, and music built homes on Lake Tuusula Road. Several of these homes have been converted into museums today.

 

During the tour, the group will visit three homes of famous Finnish artists.

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957), the world famous composer of Finlandia, composed some of his most important works in the peaceful quiet of Lake Tuusula. Sibelius’s home Ainola was designed by Finnish architect Lars Sonck in 1904 and named after the composer’s wife, Aino.

 

Halosenniemi Museum, the studio home of artist Pekka Halonen, was built in the National Romantic style. Halonen (1865–1933) was one of the most important and recognised painters in Finnish art history. The museum exhibits paintings and prints by Halonen and his contemporaries.

 

J. H. Erkko (1849–1906) was a poet, a playwright, and a central cultural figure in late 19th-century Finland. J. H. Erkko spent his last years at Erkkola, a house also built in the National Romantic style.

 

The tour ends with a lunch buffet at Krapihovi Restaurant, a traditional Finnish restaurant located in an old country house.

Post Congress Tours

St. Petersburg tour by train (Tour B), 10–12 June 2009
3 days, 2 nights

 

palaceDay 1 – Welcome to St. Petersburg

 

Departure from Helsinki at 7.00 with the Finnish train “Sibelius”. Arrival in St. Petersburg at 14.15. Lunch in a local downtown restaurant.

 

After lunch, a panoramic tour featuring highlights of the city: the Admiralty, Palace Square, Smolny Convent, and more.

 

In the evening, dinner at a good local restaurant with live music.

 

Overnight at Hotel Belvedere-Nevsky, a comfortable, small hotel located in the very heart of St. Petersburg. The hotel is next to the main street, Nevsky Prospekt, within a ten-minute walk of Palace Square.

 

Day 2 – For art lovers

 

After breakfast at the hotel, a comprehensive tour of the Hermitage Museum featuring old masters, the State Room of the Winter Palace, and the Impressionists’ exhibition (please note: inside the museum the walks are quite long).

 

Lunch will be served at a local downtown restaurant.

 

In the afternoon, a visit to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the city and one of the finest architectural monuments of the 19th century, followed by a tour of St. Nicolas Cathedral.

 

Evening: Optional ballet performance.

 

Day 3 – An Imperial Jewel

 

After breakfast at the hotel, an excursion to Pushkin, one of the former Imperial summer residences, plus a visit to Catherine’s Palace.

 

Lunch in traditional Russian style at a local restaurant. Transfer to the railway station for the train “Sibelius”. Departure from St. Petersburg will be at 16.30, arriving in Helsinki at 21.58.

 

Prices per person: € 720 for double room accommodation; € 870 for single room

Please note that if you participate in the St. Petersburg tour, you will need to apply to the Russian Embassy for a visa.

 

 


 

 

For Post Congress Tour bookings, please contact our PCO at

ipihelsinki@congreszon.fi or tel +358 9 5840 9350