Understanding the causes of populism

A single tweet today can excite the world – what does this mean for journalism? Two answers.

Amrita Cheema
DW news anchor Amrita Cheema DW

"Media and politics: Where is this love-hate relationship going?" The journalists and publicists Can Dündar, Michael Dobbs, Georg Mascolo and Galina Malishevskaya, moderated by DW news presenter Amrita Cheema, will discuss this topic at the Global Media Forum of Deutsche Welle (DW) on 28 May.

Deutschland.de asked in advance: If a tweet can excite the world today in a matter of seconds - how can objective journalism assert itself against populism? Two answers:

Amrita Cheema, DW News anchor: go out and listen to people

"We need to go out and listen to people more and reflect their concerns with honesty and integrity. We cannot allow ourselves to get sucked into populist rhetoric. We have to provide a fact-based narrative which makes a genuine attempt to look for the truth."

Michael Dobbs, author of "House of Cards": understand the causes of populism

"Perhaps it is the task of objective journalism to stop ’competing’ and instead identify and understand the causes of populism, which go far beyond the world of tweets and social media. We must come up with much better answers about why so many ordinary people are turning their backs on the Establishment elite."

Michael Dobbs
Michael Dobbs, Member of the British House of Lords and political novelist. dpa