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Wednesday, June 12 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Working it out - journalism in the digital area : why we need an international pledge for Information and Democracy now more than ever

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Information disorder is the new normal, and a troubling sign that democracy itself is under threat. These last few years have seen the active role played by despotic regimes in developing intricate propaganda machines which have been effective in silencing dissent, locally, nationally and in some cases, globally, while repressing freedom of expression. Around the world, press freedom predators are building a closed, censored, and tracked internet, while blocking external content. Democracies are undermined by these attacks, the spread of disinformation and misinformation. Online harassment against journalists is used as a weapon to drown reliable journalistic reporting and intimidate dissident voices. Today, Reporters without Borders is launching an appeal to mobilize all those who are committed to defending a free and pluralistic public space, which is essential for democracy, 70 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in Paris.

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Elodie Vialle

Head of Journalism and Technology desk, Reporters without Borders
Identifying new threats that undermine the freedom of information l Knight-Wallace Fellow’20. Working on countering online attacks against female journalists.

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Nighat Dad

Founder, Digital Rights Foundation
Nighat Dad is the ​Founder and executive director of the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), Pakistan, She has run the DRF since it was established in 2012, and has been a practicing lawyer since 2007, where she worked on civil​,​ criminal​ and now cyber​ litigation... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
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