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Tapping our strength for journalism's uphill battle

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Tapping our strength for journalism's uphill battle

Those words were written by Andrew Heslop, WAN-IFRA's Director of Media Freedom, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day

This year the scope of discussion around the right to truth was much wider than usual. Concerns around safety and free speech were supplemented by real worry over prevailing misinformation and its effect on journalism and society.

The scale of the problem we face is enormous and underlines the need for us, as editors, professional journalists and publishers to connect, urgently and whenever possible, to discuss how we navigate the rapidly changing media ecosystem, and indeed the world around us. 

The World Editors Forum in Durban, South Africa, in five weeks time, is an opportunity to do just that. It is also a chance to get ideas on how to move forward from the deep problems overshadowing our future. As Maria Ressa, Editor in Chief of Rappler.com noted, it is a complex problem, complicated by the fact that in many countries, the role of gatekeeper has shifted.

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In Durban the likes of Maria A. Ressa, Espen Egil Hansen, Kjersti Loken Stavrum, Guy Berger, Rosental Alves, Claire Wardle, Raju Narisetti, Aidan White, Justin Arenstein, Helje Solberg, Dave Callaway, Ritu Kapur, Marcelo Rech, Richard Gingras, Lisa MacLeod, Tony Haile and Torry Pedersen, Fatemah Ferag and other wise editors will be around to share their views on how to move forward and to highlight the many positive initiatives emerging. Your input is needed too.Digital challengesDigital challenges

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2017-05-05 10:58

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