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Enabling media markets to work for democracy

Friday 12 november 2021 13:00 - 14:00
Partner Session: International Fund for Public Interest Media (IFPIM) Independent public interest media are fundamental to ensuring free and fair elections, countering misinformation, and providing a space for civil and democratic norms to thrive. But these media outlets are in crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated a chronic structural crisis, causing a catastrophic reduction in media revenues. This could lead to what the UN Secretary-General has described as a "media extinction" event, especially in low- and middle-income countries. This session will explore why an independent, coordinated, and multilateral response is vital for public interest media's development, sustainability, and independence, protecting its role as a cornerstone of democracy worldwide.
Stage A
Fighting fake news and threats to the press

Including the participation of (6)

Roger Cohen
Columnist on International Affairs and Diplomacy

The New York Times

Maria Ressa
2021 Nobel Peace Prize, CEO of Rappler, Co-Chair

International Fund for Public Interest Media (IFPIM)

Clément Beaune
Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, with responsibility for European Affairs of the French Republic


Khadija Patel
Head of Programs

International Fund for Public Interest Media (IFPIM)

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