Information Inequality: How to Rebalance the Information Landscape Globally. Valdai Club’s TV debates at SPIEF-2018
Expoforum Convention and Exhibition Centre, Pavilion G, Conference Hall G5, 64/1, Peterburgskoye Shosse, St. Petersburg
List of speakers

On May 24, at 16:45, the Valdai Club’s TV debates on Russia 24 “Information Inequality: How to Rebalance the Information Landscape Globally” will be held as part of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Today’s world is unimaginable without intensive information exchange. It plays more important role than ever before in decision-making in all aspects of life ranging from daily activities to development strategies. In order for its expanding role to be a success, it is crucial that the information is fair and accurate, and that the entire humankind and all nations can equally contribute to its creation. Unfortunately, in the modern world, most sources of information are Western and in English, which reduces the effectiveness of international information exchange. There are many reasons why this is the case and in order to achieve a more balanced development of global information this inequality should be overcome. How can this be done and how can we restore trust in information, making it a true and effective instrument for global progress? How can we make the global narrative reflect the factual state of affairs in the world, reflecting the points of view of different countries and global powers in a fair and balanced way? These issues will be addressed by the participants in the debates.


  • Evelina Zakamskaya, Anchor, Russia 24     


  • Andrey BYSTRITSKIY, Chairman of the Board, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Professor of the National Research University Higher School of Economics
  • Margarita SIMONYAN, Editor-in-Chief, Federal State Unitary Enterprise Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency 
  • Yerlan KARIN, Chairman of the Board of JSC Republican Television and Radio Corporation "Kazakhstan"
  • Juan María CALVO, International Relations Adviser to the president of EFE Spanish News Agency
  • Seyed Zia HASHEMI, Director General of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)
  • LI Bin, Deputy Director, China Global Television Network (CGTN)

Working languages: Russian, English

Information for participants: in order to be accredited for the event, you need to arrange a participant’s badge at the SPIEF website.

Information for the media: in order to be accredited for the event, you need to arrange a badge for members of the press at the SPIEF website.