There is a growing and disturbing gap in the provision of quality information about serious humanitarian crises. At a time of deep polarization, fake news, and serious global challenges like migration, climate change and the war in Syria, independent, quality journalism is needed to make sense of a complex world. Yet the media industry is in crisis. What consequences does this have for how people and policy makers think and act upon humanitarian topics? You are cordially invited to join this debate on humanitarian crisis reporting!
Reporting about international issues has declined steadily in recent decades. A recent study from the Humanitarian Journalism Project found mainstream coverage of humanitarian crisis to be ‘selective, sporadic, simplistic and partial’. There is hardly funding to do thorough investigative reporting, giving space to the complexity on the ground. To ensures coverage of humanitarian crises, NGOs and journalists often become more dependent on each other, which raises risks around the independence of the journalism.
Join this debate with Heba Aly, Director of The New Humanitarian, on the ethics and viability of crisis reporting in a divided world, and how to support independent responsible journalism about some of the most critical issues of our time!
The evening will start with a keynote speech from Heba Aly, followed by a panel discussion with Dutch journalists, funders and aid workers. Tickets are available on the website of Humanity House!
> Heba Aly runs The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN News), an independent, non-profit newsroom reporting from the heart of conflicts and disasters. Her work has taken her to places like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chad and Libya; and she received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for work in northern Sudan. Her recent TEDx Talk – “Stop Eating Junk News” – drives home the importance of responsible journalism from crisis zones.
> Other speakers will be announced shortly
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