An international round table convened by the Russian Union of Journalists in association with the UNESCO National Commission of the Russian Federation was the occasion to debate current issues in the media.
The discussion was part of the five-day annual Festival of Journalists in Dagomys, Sochi, which brought over 700 journalists to the city between 2 and 6 October.
Speakers stressed the importance of public trust levels in the media, the quality of journalism, the need for access to countries by foreign correspondents, and the value of media for immigrants.
The panel also highlighted the importance of journalism to society, and the imperative to build trust and shared expectations through dialogue. Safety of journalists, and the need to provide comprehensive safety training, was also highlighted.
Nikolay Khaustov, a first secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, read a message of support from Grigory Ordzhonikidze, secretary general of the National Commission.
Chairing the session was Nadezda Azhgikhina, Executive Secretary of the RUJ, and also vice president of the European Federation of Journalists.
Also on the panel were Henrikas Iouchkiavitchious, former Assistant Director General for Communication, Information and Informatics, and Jim Boumelha, president of the International Federation of Journalists.
Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, also spoke. His remarks are here.