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Journalism under fire: Challenges of your time

On March 23, UNESCO Colloquium Journalism under fire: challenges of our time, featured lively debates from leading scholars journalists, and representatives of social media companies and media development organizations about the recent challenges posed to journalism by “fake news” as well as the technological and economic transformations reshaping the media landscape.

Topics ranged from rise of identity politics, to threats to business models, responses to the spread of “fake news”, the role of social media platforms, and the importance of journalism training and media and information literacy.

UNESCO’s Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development organized “Journalism under Fire” with the support of the International Programme for the Development of Communication, the World Associations of Newspapers and News Editors (WAN-IFRA), and the Governments of Finland, Switzerland, France, Latvia, Lithuania and the Netherlands.

The colloquium took place during La Presse en Liberté week, which includes an exhibition of first-edition newspapers and debates on press freedom organized at UNESCO by the Delegations of France and Switzerland to UNESCO.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Latvia
Délégation permanente de la Suisse auprès de l'UNESCO
Kingdom of the Netherlands
Permanent Delegation of the French Republic to UNESCO
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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