Excerpt from UNESCO, published November 25, 2011

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UNESCO and the World Association of News Publishers WAN-IFRA are joining forces to address the impending global emergency facing independent journalism and the media organizations that produce it. 

“As the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact, the decimation of journalism in many areas of the world constitutes a growing threat, bringing existing challenges to a tipping point,” the two organizations declared in a joint statement.

In the statement, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay expressed deep concern about the pandemic’s impact on local economies threatening the viability of local news media.

Professional, independent journalism is critical for providing populations with life-saving information during this crisis and plays an essential role in building and strengthening our democracies, justice and peace. We are committed to leading global efforts to overcome this challenge

Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General

Experts worldwide are sounding the alarm about an “extinction event” for independent media outlets that have been hard hit by the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. 

UNESCO will also co-operate with a Working Group being established under the Forum for Information and Democracy, which plans to also do work on media viability, as well as with other stakeholders in the media development community. 

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