Talkshow about the future of journalism with new moneymakers, captivating ideas, new solutions, and a positive vibe and energy. In this series we dive into the field with international journalists, photographers, filmmakers and scholars to speak about their emerging stories and the importance of journalism. This week is about the influence of (fake) news on public opinion. Because especially in these uncertain and trans-formative times, reliable information and independent media are more important than ever.

At a time when the worlds attention is focused on the bleak economic forecasts and the health and climate crisis, independent journalists play a vital part in delivering reliable information to the public. However, the outlook for survival of independent media is grim. Many media outlets worldwide are on the brink of bankruptcy due to the economic crisis, but also because of failure of traditional business models. Besides that access to information is increasingly restricted in many countries, resulting in journalists facing physical threats and prosecution. If we want to ensure the survival of independent journalism, we need to act now! Because especially in these uncertain and trans-formative times, reliable information and independent media are more important than ever.

David Kaye was the United Nations special rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression between August 2014 and July 2020. He is clinical professor of law at the University of California, Irvine on public international law, international humanitarian law human rights and international criminal justice. He was succeeded by Irene Khan in July 2020.

After her studies in philosophy and medicine, Daan Roovers devoted herself almost entirely to the development of public philosophy. She wants to deepen current affairs with philosophical perspectives and make philosophical insights accessible to a wide audience. Until September 2015 she was editor-in-chief of Filosofie Magazine. From that position she (co-) developed many new projects, including the Night of Philosophy, Stand-up Philosophy, and the G8 of Philosophy. This journalistic translation of the greatest thinkers and their most important ideas forms the basis of public philosophy, which is almost nowhere as successful as in the Netherlands.

Cynthia Matonhodze is an independent documentary photographer, sometimes a photojournalist and videographer currently based in Harare, Zimbabwe. The focus of her work, since I began photographing in 2012, has been social issues, mostly in her native country, Zimbabwe. Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Guardian UK and commissioned by various international NGOs.

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A trip around the world with photographers, journalists, writers, and filmmakers.