Stateless nations and media

Is a national communication agenda possible?

Events / Thu 28 Sep 2017 15:00

Most stateless nations have their own distinct language, different from the official state language, and many of them also find themselves in a minority situation. Political and social movements of stateless nations face a double communication challenge in the dissemination of their vision and aims for the wider society. Firstly, they have to deconstruct the distorted image that mainstream state-wide media often use to portray them, sometimes associating minority or minoritised nations with xenophobia, terrorism or obscurantism.

Secondly, these movements lack the capacity to set up their own communication agenda. This is because in many cases, state-wide media and political structures impose their own communication agenda in stateless nations, even through local and regional media. In the last decade, globalization has intensified the obstacles and pressures smaller news and media organisations encounter.

Any movement, be it social or political, that wants to inform, educate and impact society needs to have access to media in a fair manner.  The aim of this conference is to analyse the reality of both media and the communication agenda in several European stateless nations from different angles:

  • Stateless nations, self-determination and cultural and linguistic rights in mainstream media
  • Challenges for a regional communication agenda in some European stateless nations: Basque Country, Catalonia, Corsica and Wales
  • Strategies to develop an communication agenda.
  • Could social media be an ally?
  • Impact of globalization in current communication agendas and information management


28 of September

15:00 - 15:10
Opening remarks
  • MEP Jill Evans
15:10 - 15:50
Introductory lecture: ‘Stateless nations and media in Europe. A general vision’
  • Günther Rautz, Secretary General of MIDAS, The European Association of Daily Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages

Günther Rautz will give a general overview of the situation of  minority and regional media in Europe, focusing in particular on diffusion, impact, business models, private & public media, relationships with main media, challenges and good practices.

15:50 - 17:00
Panel 1: Is a national communication agenda possible?
  • Edorta Arana, University of the Basque Country,
  • Ifan Morgan Jones, Bangor University,
  • Germà Capdevila, editor of Esguard digital weekly magazine and president of APEC.
  • Olivia Martina Dalla Torre, University of Corsica

Panelists will discuss present the state of media in each minority nation and the challenges of setting up a national communication agenda.

17:00 - 17:40
Panel 2: How can help social media to push forwards our national agenda?

Panelists will explore the possibilities that social media could offer in creating sustainable national communication agendas in stateless nations.

17:40 - 18:20
Panel 3: How to address a bilingual/multilingual society?

Panelists will debate strategies that could better manage the bilingual/multilingual dimension of their communication agendas, and at the same time, normalize their minority language.

Closing remarks

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When: Thursday 28th September 2017, from 15:00 to 18:30
Where: Petra Kelly room ASP 1G3, European Parliament, Brussels


RSVP and registration required. Please fill out the form on this page.

For security reasons accreditation and ID will be required to access the venue.


There will be interpretation in the official languages of the EFA-Greens group and in Basque, Catalan, Galician and Welsh.

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This conference is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conference or the opinions of the speakers.

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This conference is a joint initiative of Ezkerraberri Fundazioa and Centre Maurits Coppieters.

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Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

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