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Conference highlights value of fact-based journalism


World Press Freedom Day Conference
Participants at the conference are urging governments to invest in media and information literacy training to help people recognize, value and defend fact-based journalism. PHOTO: ImageCollab

The World Press Freedom Day Global Conference is being hosted by UNESCO and the government of Namibia in Windhoek from 29 April through 3 May. The award ceremony of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, will honor the winner with $25 000 in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the defense or promotion of press freedom, especially in the face of danger, on 2 May.

Clare O'Hagan, media spokesperson at UNESCO, says journalists and media stakeholders at the conference are calling for urgent measures to counter threats that are weakening independent and local news media around the world, a crisis worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. She says they are putting forward solutions to bolster media viability, push for greater transparency from social media companies and measures to improve the safety of journalists as well as support independent media.


“Participants are urging governments to invest in media and information literacy training to help people recognize, value and defend fact-based journalism as an essential part of information as a public good. Whether exposing corruption, alerting us to conf