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Supporting Journalism Sustainability: Immediate Solutions to an Urgent Problem

December 16, 2020

Jodie Ginsberg, Chief Executive of Internews Europe, moderated this panel discussion at the World Press Freedom Conference (WPFC) on December 10 that featured development and media experts alongside senior representatives from donors, investors, and practitioners. The panel was organized by the Global Forum for Media Development, BBC Media Action, Internews, and WAN-IFRA.

The panel discussion explored threats faced by journalism and news media stemming from decreasing public funding and revenues, reinforced not only by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also by the rise of authoritarian governments – hindering the generation of public funding – around the world. The session explored the implications of mounting challenges for media development and discussed options for enhanced support to journalism and media survival.

The panel featured:

  • Ambassador Anna Brandt – Permanent Representative of Sweden to the OECD and UNESCO, and chair of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) 
  • Fatemah Farag – Founder and Director of Welad Elbalad Media, MENA Director for WAN-IFRA’s Women in News Program, and World Editors Forum Board Member 
  • Leilah Bbaale – News Editor at Spice FM Uganda
  • Nishant Lalwani – Managing Director at Luminate, and co-lead on the International Fund for Public Interest Media