As global celebrations take place for World Press Freedom Day 2022, the President of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, Mrs. Kayleaser Deveaux-Isaacs is pleased to announce a new partnership with UNESCO to address misinformation and disinformation affecting the Caribbean.
This year’s World Press Freedom Day theme, “Journalism Under Digital Siege,” examines the challenges to media viability in different regions and media sectors, identifying viable solutions without compromising integrity and editorial independence and explores the importance of professional practices.
And in line with the theme, the CBU is launching a new project, designed to bolster the capacity of Caribbean media houses to apply media and information literacy approaches in the production and publication of news and current affairs content.
As President Deveaux-Isaacs notes, “the role of media and information literacy is even more critical at this time, given the increase in disinformation and misinformation correlated to the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. It is our hope that through strategizing, the exchange of experiences and tools, and collaboration amongst news, current affairs, and public service agencies, we can navigate this “Infodemic”.”
The slated activities include:
- An online two-day training workshop, with expert facilitators.
- The development of training and resource materials that are relevant to the Caribbean experience, based on the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy in Journalism Handbook for Journalists and Journalism Educators
A highlight of the project calendar will be a joint session involving top representatives of UNESCO, and the Public Media Alliance (formerly the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association) during the Conference Day of the CBU’s 53rd Annual General Assembly.
https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/mil_eng.pdfThe Conference Day of the Assembly, on August 16 is also being presented in collaboration with the Latin America and Caribbean chapter of the UNESCO Global Alliance on Media and Information Literacy.
The Assembly is being conducted in partnership with the Tobago House of Assembly from August 15 to 17, in Trinidad and Tobago.