Latvia helps organize UN media literacy seminar

October 29 will see Latvia co-organizing another thematic event at the United Nations, which will be available to view online. 

Organized as part of the Global Media and Information Literacy Week, it will take place online at 15:00 Latvian time and will focus on the role of civil society in media literacy under the title: "Empowering Civil Society in Strengthening Media and Information Literacy - Best practices and pathways for future action."

The event will be moderated by UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications Melissa Fleming and is co-organized by the European Union Delegation in New York, as well as the missions of Latvia, Jamaica, Georgia, New Zealand, Japan and South Africa.

Advance publicity says "journalists, researchers, NGOs and activists" will be involved but does not name any specifically.

Full details of the event with a registration link are available at: https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/un-new-york/106027/empowering-civil-society-strengthening-media-and-information-literacy_en

On 21 March 2021, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the Resolution proclaiming a Global Media and Information Literacy Week from 24 to 31 October every year, which invites all Member States and civil society to raise awareness on disinformation and misinformation.

"This side event aims to illustrate how civil society organizations contribute to preventing or tackling disinformation and misinformation, both online and off-line, thus strengthening the resilience of societies, nationally and globally. It will feature speakers representing diverse organisations and viewpoints, from human rights defenders to journalists or online platforms, in a conversation about their respective roles in a rapidly changing political and technological landscape," say the organizers.

The meeting will take place on Zoom and be live-streamed, including on the UN WEB TV, and we plan to carry a livestream of the event here on LSM Eng as well.

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