FP Virtual Dialogue: Independent Media & the Advancement of Democracy
Mobilizing international action to save journalism and why democracies worldwide depend on it.
Uncovering truth and promoting accountability, independent media has long been a pillar of democracy. In a functioning democracy, free media plays a vital role in producing widely accessible information, unconstrained by institutional bias or censorship, and cultivating a well-informed civil society that is resilient against authoritarianism. However, due to political polarization and declining revenues, public interest media has been on the decline for years. Autocratic leaders are increasingly using censorship, targeting journalists, and curbing press freedoms. Coupled with the economic pressures of the COVID-19 crisis, these trends pose an existential threat to independent media, which is threatening democracies worldwide.
Now more than ever, access to reliable information is vital for defending against polarization, mistrust, and misinformation endangering democratic governance everywhere. In a complex and unpredictable world, how can global stakeholders help restore independent media’s status as a vital public good? What can be done to amplify the voice of a free press in combating corruption, generating awareness around humanity’s urgent challenges, and building consensus among liberal societies? How might leaders across the public and private sector work together to prevent independent media’s extinction?
FP, in partnership with International Fund for Public Interest Media, hosted a conversation that explored multistakeholder pathways to securing free and independent media to advance democracy worldwide.
Join the conversation online using #FreeMediaforDemocracy
For more information, contact Diana Marrero, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development.