Speak Out! Rebuilding Trust in Media and Democracy in the Era of “Fake News”

Democracy is in crisis. The values it embodies – particularly the right to choose leaders in free and fair elections, freedom of the press, and the rule of law – are under assault and in retreat globally – The Freedom House Freedom in the World Report 2018

Screen Shot 2018-08-24 at 2.37.39 AMThis was the motto of the Conference Speak Out! Rebuilding Trust in Media and Democracy in Kingston, Jamaica on 13 August 2018, organized by the Public Media Alliance. The conference brought together thought leaders from around the world to discuss journalism and policy solutions to current information disorder of fake news, polarization, and distrust.

While many reports from around the world painted a picture of political turmoils and constant challenges to independent journalism, keynote experts presented an array of innovative strategies and tactics for rebuilding trust in media and democracy.

Minna Aslama Horowitz, a Fellow at the Institute and a chair of the conference, recounts some key takeaways:

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Public Service Media and Information Disorder: A Report to the Council of Europe

Screen Shot 2018-06-04 at 3.46.03 PMThe Institute Fellow Minna Aslama Horowitz, with the assistance of the Master’s students Helene Diyabanza Peterson and Julia Theilen, authored an Expert Report for the Council of Europe on the possibilities for public service media to counter disinformation  and propaganda.

The report was presented to the Council in Paris, France, on 25 May 2018.  Below is the transcript of the presentation.

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Immigration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship: Re-thinking Sovereignty

statue-of-liberty-1210001_1920These realities of human life have always been contested. It is about loyalty/trust and finding an organizing principle to develop a functional socio-economic society. It is about sharing of resources, which are always in short supply; for a variety of reasons there are never enough resources to go around, no matter how rich the society/community is.

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