03 Ι 04 Ι 05 May 2024

A weekend with a view

Look closely at what is happening.
Ilse Aichinger

Remember Werner Vogt (1938 – 2023)

Treibhaus and Gemeindemuseum Absam commemorate the sceptical physician and publicist Werner Vogt from Zams in Tyrol, a pioneer of civil society.

Tamar Tsvaigraich in conversation with Hanno Loewy

Since the attack by Hamas terrorists on October 7, in which around 1,200 mostly Jewish-Israelis were brutally murdered and 253 people were taken hostage, and according to UN figures, more than 30,000 people have died as a result of the ongoing attacks by the Israeli military on the Gaza Strip (March 2024) and many are threatened with starvation, the region has become the focus of global media coverage. However, journalistic work in the war zone in Gaza remains extremely risky: According to the Committee to Protect Journalists at least 95 journalists, mostly Palestinians, have been killed in Gaza since the war started.

How does a Jewish-Israeli editor see the challenges for reporting now in a new time of war? How does she rate the media landscape(s) in the region? What perspectives does she see for the region?

Ahmed Alnaouq in conversation with Inge Günther

Since the attack by Hamas terrorists on October 7, in which around 1,200 mostly Jewish-Israelis were brutally murdered and 253 people were taken hostage, and according to UN figures, more than 30,000 people have died as a result of the ongoing attacks by the Israeli military on the Gaza Strip (March 2024) and many are threatened with starvation, the region has become the focus of global media coverage. However, journalistic work in the war zone in Gaza remains extremely risky: According to the Committee to Protect Journalists at least 95 journalists, mostly Palestinians, have been killed in Gaza since the war started.
How does a Palestinian journalist from Gaza see the challenges for reporting now in a new time of war? How does he rate the media landscape(s) in the region? What perspectives does he see for the region?

“Inside Austria”

For the second time, the podcast “Inside Austria” by Der Standard and Der Spiegel will be performed live at the Journalismusfest Innsbruck.

Whistleblowing

In recent years, people like former CIA employee Edward Snowden or Australian investigative journalist Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, have put their own safety and freedom at risk to enlighten the public by disclosing secret information about state crimes. For this courage, the whistleblower pay a huge price. In exile in Moscow, Snowden is dependent on the benevolence of autocrat Vladimir Putin, while Assange has been imprisoned in the UK for five years and faces life imprisonment if extradited to the USA. Human rights lawyer Robert Tibbo, who arranged Snowden’s escape, and British whistleblower and former ambassador Craig Murray discuss with Ilja Braun from Reporters Without Borders/Germany how to better protect those who bring the truth to light.

Helena Lea Manhartsberger: IN BETWEEN STATES

In Mexico, thousands of people disappear on their way to the USA, and relatives never stop looking for them. On the Italian island of Lampedusa, tourists encounter hundreds of migrants. In Ukraine, people keep fighting for sovereignty; a fight that extends to borders that traverse the middle of society.
Innsbruck-based photographer Helena Lea Manhartsberger addresses global inequalities in three completely different regions. Her work sheds light on the brutality of existing structures of power and institutionalised racism; but also solidarity, hope and resistance of civil players. Manhartsberger tells the stories of individuals, without losing sight of the big picture.

… and which space do bicycles have in the media?

Bicycles have a hard time not only in public spaces, but also in media coverage. Instead of being seen as part of the solution – for example for traffic, environmental and health problems – it is often presented as a problem. Instead of being recognized as a serious form of mobility, it is dismissed as a toy. How do journalists and experts who have dedicated themselves to the topic deal with this?

How much space do bicycles have in public spaces…?

The streets and roads of Innsbruck belong to all who live here. And yet cars enjoy priority in the public space. The Radlobby Tirol has analysed critical points in the city centre and will explain on the city walk how much space is available for which form of mobility. And we will question if this is really fair. The route is around 1.6 km long and leads to the freight terminal, where the discussion will continue.

Socially Committed Journalism Today

The Claus Gatterer award for Socially Committed Quality Journalism is named after an excellent journalist, historian, writer and documentary filmmaker. Gatterer, who was born in 1924 in Sexten/South Tyrol, has left many traces: with ground breaking contemporary historical and literary works on Austria, Italy and South Tyrol as well as a journalist in Austria’s media landscape, especially with his socially critical ORF television magazine teleobjektiv. Gatterer’s focus on social and ethnic minorities has shaped a generation of journalists.
What can socially committed journalism mean today?

How to cover corrupting Russian influence in Europe

The full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022 sparked a major reevaluation of Europe’s business, energy and political ties to Russia, vindicating those investigative journalists who had been raising the alarm about Russia’s corrupting influence in Europe for years. More than two years into the war, which topics are still under-reported, how can journalists approach them, and has the media caught up with the new reality?
Ukrainian and German journalists and civil society experts will share findings from their research and reporting, and discuss what’s next when covering the Kremlin’s influence in Europe.