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Editorial

If the eyes are the window to the heart, then reportage is the window to the world. Reporters are the chroniclers of the present age that you do not see on the front pages of the daily press. They illuminate what appears to be secondary, insignificant, even hidden. They make unfamiliar realities of life accessible and show us the fascinating and challenging diversity of the world. This is the fundamental prerequisite for intercultural understanding, tolerance and respect.

Reporters often travel to remote and difficult areas, in the dimness of the unspeakable and the unsaid, in the service of awareness and clarification. In the tradition of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak, and the Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reporters are also intrepid seismographs and advocates who are role models for us with their courage and tenacity.

The format of reportage is increasingly becoming an indispensable guide in the ever-growing sea of fake news and biased information. As a result, reporters are becoming an important guarantor of functioning democracy.
The International Reportagen Festival Bern brings us stories. These originate from megacities, as well as from the most remote corners of the world. They are loud and softly-spoken, touching, emotional, shocking and serene. And all of them are carefully researched true stories, selected by jurors from the 12 major language regions of the world.

Become a friend of the festival! Be part of this global resonance chamber of today’s stories and let yourself be moved and inspired by reports from 30 countries around the world.

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