ZEG in Focus: Ukraine


Rooms Hotel

10:00 - 10:45

Winter is Coming.

Venue: Garden Hall

As we head into winter and inch closer to the first anniversary of the war, events are developing at a lightning speed. What are the biggest challenges that lie ahead? Coda’s Editor in Chief Natalia Antelava discusses the latest and most important with Ukrainian journalist Oleksiy Matsuka and writer Peter Pomerantsev

10:45 - 11:45

Outside the Western bubble

Venue: Garden Hall

The world was shocked by the Russian atrocities in Ukraine. Or was it? New Yorker writer Jon Lee Anderson sits down with Lebanese-Australian journalist Rania Abouzeid and Tehran-based Colombian reporter Catalina Gómez Angel to look at what makes Putin’s narratives stick around the world and what can be done about it.
11:45 - 12:45

Parallel Session - Whose side is tech on?

Venue: Garden Hall

Technology has played a hugely positive role in the Ukraine war but there is a dark side, which we can’t afford to ignore. Jane Lytvynenko and Andrey Boborykin look at the role of the big platforms in the Ukraine war and what it tells us about the world we live in. Moderator: Michael Zelenko.  

In partnership with Rest of World

12:45 - 13:45

Parallel Session - Rethinking Colonialism.

Venue: Central Room

For decades Russia ran colonies while at the same time positioning itself as an anti-colonial power.  The war in Ukraine has changed that. What place should Russia occupy in the global conversation about colonialism? Peter Pomerantsev, Jon Lee Anderson and Volodymyr Yermolenko in conversation with Georgian journalist Nino Japiashvili.
12:45 - 13:45

Parallel Session - When they're shooting the messenger

Venue: Event Room

This practical session looks at the work at protecting journalists in the war zones and how Ukraine has shifted our understanding of safety.  
Kerry Paterson (CPJ) in conversation with Khushbu Shah 

In partnership with Committee to Protect Journalists and Rest of World
12:45 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:45

Forgotten Wars, Open Wounds

Venue: Garden Hall

In just a year, Afghanistan has gone from global headline to forgotten war. It’s a familiar pattern — from the Middle East to the Caucasus and the many other unresolved conflicts in countries colonized by Russia and the former Soviet Union. What are the lessons we keep failing to learn — from Afghanistan to Ukraine, Georgia and elsewhere?  
Saad Mohseni in conversation with Andrew North
14:45 - 15:30

Keeping Ukraine in the Global Media Spotlight

Venue: Garden Hall

Amid fears of war fatigue fuelled by rising energy prices, how can the global media keep Ukraine and the conflict in the spotlight? Wall Street Journal’s Yaroslav Trofimov, Audible’s Martha Little, ITN’s Rachel Corp in conversation with the Financial Times’ Polina Ivanova.

15:30 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:00

Parallel Session - Getting the Bad Guys

Venue: Garden Hall

Dozens of organizations are doing unprecedented work on the war crimes being committed in Ukraine. Anna Neistat of the Clooney Foundation for Justice and Oleksandra Matviichuk, head of the Center for Civil Liberties (Ukraine) are among them in conversation with Peter Pomerantsev.

17:00 - 18:00

Parallel Session - How War Changes Journalism

Venue: Central Room

Ukrainian journalists face an incredibly difficult task of reporting on the war that has upended their lives. Coda Story’s Natalia Antelava sits down with Olexiy Matsuka to hear about Ukraine’s new “Freedom” channel.  

And she speaks with Nataliya Sedletska, one of Ukraine’s leading investigative journalists, about her teams investigations i
17:00 - 18:00

Parallel Session - Broadcasting from Exile

Venue: Event Room

From Burma to Belarus, exile is becoming the new normal for thousands of activists and journalists around the world. What are their biggest challenges and can their work be truly effective? Belarusian journalist Hanna Liubakova and Andrey Shary, head of RFE/RL Russian Service in conversation with Nadia Beard.

In partnership with RFE/RL

17:00 - 18:00


Venue: Garden Hall

Speakers and participants gather for the main takeaways and the lookahead.
18:00 - 19:15

Drinks and Networking at the Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum

19:30 - 20:30