Media for Democracy Forum 2021

Overcoming Global Threats to Independent Journalism

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With governments around the world grasping for control of information flows, global press freedom continues its dramatic decline. At the same time, the need for accurate information is at an all-time high, with the resurgence of authoritarianism internationally, growing impacts of economic disparities, increased effects of climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to spread. 


More and more, smaller, innovative media organizations reporting on and in repressive societies are becoming a thorn in the side of those seeking to suppress fact-based information.  

What are the current threats to journalists and independent media that are driving the change the news business model?  What have these media organizations done that is different to allow them to better respond to the information needs of their audiences? What unique threats do they face and how have they managed them? And what lies ahead for the global news industry and independent journalism?