Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation
3 May 2019 - On 3 May 2019, UNESCO and the UN Department of Global Communications (DGC) will celebrate the 26th edition of World Press Freedom Day at UNHQ in New York with a high-level event gathering UN Officials, Civil Society Organizations, Experts and Academia. Almost 100 events worldwide are expected to mark this important Day1. The commemoration theme concerns the current challenges faced by the media in times of elections and the growing prevalence of disinformation, along with the media’s potential to support democracy, peace and reconciliation. The 2019 theme is closely interlinked with the objectives of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the African Union’s Agenda 2063, which seeks to promote “an Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law”. In this respect, Aspiration 3 of Agenda 2063 aims to ensure that freedom of expression prevails. Similarly, SDG 16 recognizes the importance of public access to information and fundamental freedoms, which includes freedom of expression.