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First Person: A refuge from COVID misinformation

The COVID-19 inoculation is "just like any other vaccine" a UN Women staff member is telling the Syrian refugee women she cares for in camps in Jordan, as she tries to combat misinformation and false rumours, and avoid spikes in infection.

UN ‘Pause’ campaign has helped slow spread of life-threatening misinformation 

The UN’s Pause campaign, which encourages social media and other news consumers to stop and check the validity of information they share, received a major endorsement on Thursday after a study from a leading research institute in the United States concluded that it has helped encourage the behavioural change needed to stop the spread of misinformation online.

Pandemic cannot become a ‘media extinction event’: UN Secretary-General

The financial decline of many public interest media organizations worldwide has been among the dangerous side-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday in remarks to a UN-backed event to boost support for the sector. 

COVID-driven ‘media extinction’: Public service journalism struggling to survive

Media which serves the public interest, not only provides vital information communities need to take informed action, it also dispels misinformation, strengthens democratic accountability and boosts sustainable development.  But the coronavirus pandemic has hit journalism hard, drying up revenue and putting its very existence into question.

UN News’ Vibhu Mishra speaks with Sheetal Vyas, Founding Executive Director of International Fund for Public Interest Media,  about the Fund’s bold, billion dollar rescue plan to help save journalism for the public good.

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Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East concludes amid calls to stem spread of misinformation

A UN International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East concluded on Wednesday, with a vibrant online panel discussion exploring how the systematic spread of untruths has changed the way traditional news outlets cover the Israel-Palestine conflict, and created avenues for citizen journalists to quickly push out stories to express their lived realities. 

NEW PODCAST: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva

The first show spotlights the work of Radio Okapi, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the voice of UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO in the African nation.

To help understand how the radio network's tackling the problem of rumours and misinformation – and how it’s going online more and more to keep people listening - Daniel Johnson in Geneva caught up with the station’s head of Strategic Communication & Public Information, Christophe Boulierac.

Plus, a look back at other stories. 

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Can ‘Open Science’ speed up the search for a COVID-19 vaccine? 5 things you need to know

The UN is calling for authoritative scientific information and research to be made freely available, to accelerate research into an effective vaccine against the COVID-19 virus, help counter misinformation, and “unlock the full potential of science”.

UN agency chiefs appeal for ‘open science’ beyond COVID-19, citing dangers of secrecy and denial 

The heads of three UN agencies joined forces on Tuesday to appeal for a global push towards “open science”, citing the value of cooperation in the response to COVID-19 and the dangers of treating evidence-based knowledge as an exclusive asset, or simple matter of opinion. 

Science, unity and solidarity, key to defeating COVID: UN chief

Better preparation, listening to the science and acting together in solidarity, are some of the main ways that countries across the world can overcome the on-going COVID-19 crisis, the UN chief told the World Health Summit on Sunday.

News in Brief 22 October 2020

  • Pandemic highlights education as ‘public good and essential public service’ 
  • UN experts urge Thai government to allow peaceful protests 
  • WHO and Wikimedia Foundation expand access to trusted COVID information 
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