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Deutschland Norbert Barthle der Parlamentarischer Staatssekretär im Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit

"Democracies cannot develop or survive without a free and independent press. As a result, we are launching a new initiative for media freedom and transparency to strengthen local media worldwide so that people are well-informed, especially in times of crisis – and not just during the pandemic, but also in the face of climate change, flight and refuge, and violent conflicts. Because a crisis cannot be managed without the media!"

Parliamentary State Secretary Norbert Barthle, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

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Trailer: Time to strengthen the media  

Peter Limbourg

"The Corona pandemic is not just a health and economic crisis – it's a media crisis, as well. Reliable information has rarely been so important. We now see that disinformation and censorship are on the rise worldwide and that they are as dangerous as the virus itself. This new initiative aims to strengthen independent, free media and help address the global crisis with professionally-trained media workers."

Director General Peter Limbourg, Deutsche Welle (DW)

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Information saves lives: Project Insights  


What is constructive journalism? 

Constructive journalism is a modern and innovative way of reporting which focusses not only on addressing problems, but rather on presenting solutions and portraying people who explore ways forward.

What is MIL?

Media and Information Literacy (MIL) is defined as the ability to access, analyze, create and reflect on media. It is a prerequisite for citizens to claim their rights to freedom of information and expression. DW Akademie creates innovative projects that promote these rights and empower people to understand and use media responsibly.