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“Writing the war”: café debate

Friday 1 December  - 14.30-16.30 – “Writing the war”: café debate. 

Updated on 27/11/2023

2 min

To write the war, document it and unpack its roots and complexities amidst a broader historical arc. To give it a human face made up of so many shattered trajectories, to show resistance and decipher what underlies hatred or indifference. To hand the mic to new voices, and tackle waves of disinformation… To then face the long-term reality… The role of the media is as crucial as it is delicate in the analysis of the war in Ukraine and its consequences in Europe. How does an event of such magnitude disrupt editorial practices? What can the media do to accompany citizens in their understanding of current upheavals, in the context of rising tensions and a shifting geopolitical equilibrium? This café debate will round off the “European Dialogues” in Vilnius by stressing the importance of access to information and knowledge. 


Laurent Marchand
Laurent Marchand
Editor-in-Chief in charge of European and International Affairs at Ouest-France
Laurent Marchand, born in Rennes in 1963, holds a master's degree in modern literature. Worked as a teacher, translator and interpreter in Rome before becoming a journalist in 1990. Correspondent in Italy and the Vatican for Radio France from 1992 to 2008 (under the name of Laurent Morino). Took part in many of Pope John Paul II's trips (Cuba, India, Holy Land, Poland, USA, Lithuania, etc.). Since 2008, foreign policy columnist at Ouest-France, in the paper's Paris office. Within the editorial team, he is also responsible for international editorial partnerships (notably with the German press group Funke) and for training the group's journalists in European issues.
Fabrice Puchault
Fabrice Puchault
Director of ARTE France's Society and Culture unit (France)
Born in 1965, Fabrice Puchault studied literature and is a graduate of the French National Film School (FEMIS). An independent documentary producer (1992-2003), he joined France Télévisions in 2003, working for France 3 network, in charge of the Nature, Science and Discovery programmes and international co-productions. He joined France 2 in november 2005, where he was Deputy Artistic Director for magazines and documentaries, then Secretary-General for the channel's programming (2008-2011), before being appointed Director of France 2's documentary programming unit in 2011.
Since February 2016, he has been Director of ARTE France's Society and Culture unit, encompassing documentaries and magazines dealing with Investigation, Geopolitics, Society, History, Culture and creative documentaries.
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