This Year’s World Press Freedom Day Tackles Disinformation

May 3 marks World Press Freedom Day (#WPFD2019), a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom with events around the world by its sponsor UNESCO and others. The theme for this 26th edition is “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation.” On this occasion, UNESCO’s Director-General Audrey Azoulay said: "Press freedom is the cornerstone of democratic societies. All States, all nations, are strengthened by information, debate and the exchange of opinions. At a time of growing discourse of mistrust and delegitimization of the press and journalism, it is essential that we guarantee freedom of opinion through the free exchange of ideas and information based on factual truths."

Source: UNESCO

Posted on: May 3, 2019

UNESCO Handbook to #FightFakeNews

A new manual “Journalism, 'Fake News' and Disinformation: A Handbook for Journalism Education and Training” was released by UNESCO for practicing journalists as well as those who teach journalism. Written by experts in the fight against disinformation, the handbook explores the nature of journalism with modules on why trust matters; thinking critically about how digital technology and social platforms are conduits of the information disorder; fighting back against disinformation and misinformation through media and information literacy; fact-checking 101; social media verification and combating online abuse.

Source: UNESCO

Posted on: September 10, 2018

Syria’s Darwish Wins World Press Freedom Prize

Syrian journalist Mazen Darwish, imprisoned since February 2012, is being honored with the 2015 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The Prize will be awarded on World Press Freedom Day, May 3. Darwish, president of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression, has endured a decade of harassment and repeated detention and torture.

Source: UNESCO

Posted on: April 3, 2015