The number of journalists and media representatives who live and work in exile in Germany is increasing. What does it mean to be in exile as a journalist? How is the German media landscape changing in the context of migration and globalisation? What is the role of digitalisation in this context? The Exile Media Forum addresses these questions once a year. Around 100 experts and media representatives are invited to Hamburg to exchange experiences, detect new trends and discuss future issues.
Germany is one of the main destinations for exiled journalists who are fleeing from their home country. Nevertheless, many questions remain unanswered in the debate about their situation. Under what conditions do exiled journalists work in Germany? Our publication "Exile journalism in Germany" gives an insight into the situation.
The second edition of the Exile Media Forum took place in 2019 as part of the Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) in Hamburg. As cooperation partner, Körber-Stiftung developed an Exile Media Track together with the GIJC organisers. In four panel discussions and networking sessions, participants discussed the conditions under which journalists in exile live and work, what support they need, the technical conditions under which they can report and broadcast from exile and how cooperation with local media in the exile country can succeed.
On 26 September, the public evening event "Journalism in Exile: The Case of Saudi Arabia" (video) with Saudi exile journalist Safa Al Ahmad took place at KörberForum as part of the conference.
In addition, a scholarship programme of Körber-Stiftung made it possible for ten exiled journalists from all over the world to participate at the conference.
In 2018, the Exile Media Forum took place for the first time. The conference brought together more than 100 experts from Germany and Europe to address different questions on exile journalism.
The writer SAID provided a very personal look at 50 years of exile in his keynote speech. Touching words that show the inner conflicts that exile can trigger in a person. Refuge, home, but also renunciation and escape, all this SAID unites in the metaphor of language.
As prelude to the conference, the Turkish journalist Can Dündar, who lives in exile in Germany, gave the second "Speech on Exile" (video) at the Elbphilharmonie (Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg). The event was complemented by a performance from the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra (video).