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Learn about press freedom and its role in society May 3 9:00 AM Webchat

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posted on May, 3 2017 @ 03:07 AM
I was browsing through some various US government Africa twitter accounts when I found this in the US mission to Somalia. This is a webchat hosted by Richard Lui of NBC and Courtney Radsch of Committee to Protect Journalists on press freedom and its role in society.

On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, a panel of journalists and media experts will take part in a webchat to discuss the importance of media freedom to a democratic society. The panelists will also discuss best practices for keeping journalists safe, increasing trust in reporting and using social media to combat threats to press freedom. The speakers will be joined by audiences at U.S. embassies in Abuja, Nigeria, and Tirana, Albania.

These viewing groups, as well as online viewers, will be able to ask their press-freedom questions. The program will start at 9 a.m. EDT (13:00 UTC) on May 3 and will be in English with simultaneous French translation. The English version of the webchat will take place on this ShareAmerica page, and you can also join the conversation on Twitter by using #WPFD2017.

Why Participate:

Hear about the role of a free press in a democratic society.
Learn about best practices and resources for journalist safety and also about media ethics.
Share your perspectives on increasing trust in the media and on addressing misinformation in your community.

This could be very educaational. It would be interesting to hear their perspective on some governments singing into law the authority to conduct propaganda and how this has undermined trust in journalism today as it is presented to certain audiences. That is of course assuming the question passes vetting and is even allowed to be addressed. If anybody finds this topic interesting and has the time, tune in at 9:00 am. Maybe one of our questions or concerns could be presented and responded to??

posted on May, 3 2017 @ 10:34 AM
Well that was an insightful Q&A. I will embed it here if and when it gets posted online.

posted on May, 5 2017 @ 08:30 AM
a reply to: worldstarcountry

Here is the entire panel discussion for interested parties. It is 1 hour and a half, so it will be like the same length as watching a movie.

posted on May, 11 2017 @ 06:10 AM
The organisation "Reporters Without Borders" (RSF) ranks every year 180 countries in its World Press Freedom Index. The state of media freedom in a country reveals the health of its democracy. According to the 2017 Index, Taiwan holds the highest rank (45th) for press freedom among Asian countries, followed by South Korea.
The US dropped two places down to 43rd, which had the high-profile media bashing during Trump's campaign to thank for. A highly toxic anti-media discourse had plunged the world into a new era of post-truth, disinformation and fake news. The Brexit vote in June 2016 knocked the UK down two places to 40th, thanks to misleading propaganda.
Norway, Sweden and Finland were among the top three countries, and North Korea came last. Canada fell four places to 22nd, and even a peaceful nation like New Zealand dropped eight places to 13th. And as a dissertation writer writing a thesis on the same I''d state this means democracy can't be taken for granted.

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