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How do we prevent the pandemic becoming a media extinction event?
28 Apr 2021 -  Over the past year it has become evident that efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic have been undermined by a concurrent global “infodemic.” It has also become clear that public interest media have become more needed and yet more threatened than ever.

Organized in cooperation with the philanthropic organization Luminate, and in the lead up to World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, the panel discussion will discuss the roles of public interest media, technology platforms and global institutions such as the UN, one year into the infodemic. It will delve into what actions should be taken to strengthen our responses and ensure that trusted, impartial information is accessible to all.

The virtual event will feature opening remarks by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and will be moderated by Ms. Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.

GUEST SPEAKERS:
- Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister of Information, Ghana
- Joyce Barnathan, President of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)
- Maria Ressa, Filipino-American journalist and author, the co-founder and CEO of Rappler
- Sheetal Vyas, Founding Executive Director of the International Fund for Public Interest Media
- Maria Teresa Ronderos, Colombian journalist, director and co-founder of the Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism
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Editor's note: One of the speakers on this panel, ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan, misspoke during the discussion referring to 14 thousand survey respondents. The correct figure is 1400.
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