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Are culture wars co-opting the mainstream narrative?

Are we watching freedom of speech slip away in service of political correctness, collective guilt and a fear of being bullied and canceled for expressing an opposing or different view?

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The news is increasingly about the news as culture wars have come to the newsroom. We have witnessed protests in newsrooms over editorial direction, and even the resignation of prominent journalists. Is history repeating itself? Battles over news goals, direction, and the ideal of objectivity were rampant in the 1960s and 70s.

Within the newsrooms there is a desire to take a clearer stance on stories involving race, gender, identity and justice. The intent to abandon the appearance of objectivity as the aspirational journalistic standard has been applauded by prominent senior editors, including Dean Baquet, editor of The New York Times.

This is part of a shifting focus on traditional journalistic values. Does the future lie in subjectivity? Is the movement for journalists to be more culturally woke insidiously dismantling free speech? We hear from experts and from some of the world’s leading editors, and we’ll have the chat lines open for you to join in the conversation, ask questions and share ideas.

Our Speakers

Our speakers are all experts from the front lines of the culture wars, often with personal experience.
Jonathan Haidt

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGIST, BESTSELLING AUTHOR, PROFESSOR, NAMED A “TOP 100 GLOBAL THINKER” BY FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINE

Katie Herzog

JOURNALIST, CO-HOST BLOCKED AND REPORTED PODCAST

Suzanne Moore

JOURNALIST

Bari Weiss

JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR

Our Reflection Panel

Our reflection panel consists of senior editorial directors who help to set policy and manage newsrooms around the globe.
Phil Chetwynd

GLOBAL NEWS DIRECTOR, AFP

Mapi Mhlangu

FORMER DIRECTOR OF NEWS, eNCA

Francesca Unsworth

DIRECTOR OF NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS, BBC NEWS

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