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Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), online radicalisation, fake news and disinformation as a service are high on the agenda of politicians, private companies, civil sector and media organisations. Even though the entire premise on which CVE is conceptualised, i.e. eradicating the “root causes” of terrorism, has not found traction within empirical studies, there are increased calls for new legislation and more cooperation between governments and tech firms. This week's The Economist magazine writes: "Quietly, co-operation between governments and internet firms is picking up once more. In Britain a specialist anti-terror police unit that trawls the web for extremist material removed 121,000 pieces of content last year with the help of some 300 companies around the world".

The phenomenon of fake news and unsubstantiated content has further exacerbated issues. The latest issue of Newsweek brings a rare insight into "how big data mines personal info to craft fake news and manipulate voters".  

This week we focus on the ramifications of integrating a concept related to international security within the domain of freedom of expression and media development. We bring just a segment of what is said about the CVEs and related issues by our members. We would like to hear from all of you if you would like to share content related to the above-mentioned issues with the media development community.

Countering violent extremism: Origins, efforts, and further challenges

Given the fact that CVE tends to be rooted in strategic communication practice and techniques involving media support through counter-narrative programming, content, and communication including media training and capacity building there exists an unavoidable intersection between media development and CVE practice that is fraught with serious ethical considerations.

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Countering radicalisation and violent extremism: UNESCO Panel at 2017 WSIS Forum

UNESCO has organised a panel during the 2017 World Summit on Information Society in Geneva aiming to share its up-to-date work and trigger debates among the stakeholders on which policies and strategies should be in place in the post-2015 phase of WSIS implementation and lead-up to the achievement of 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

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Access to Information: Lessons from Latin America- a UNESCO report
 

A new UNESCO report authored by GFMD's UN representative Bill Orme reviews the regional implications and challenges of the indicators endorsed by the UN to monitor progress towards SDG16.10, and shows how the Latin American experience in this area offers valuable lessons for other countries and regions. 

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GFMD webinar on journalist safety on 22 June @ 14:00
 

Over the course of the summer and fall GFMD will be hosting a series of webinars on journalism safety as part of a plan to step up information sharing and coordination efforts among our members in this area. 22 June webinar is with Larry Kilman who will be presenting a preview of his soon to be published UNESCO report.

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Regional Beirut Workshop Agrees to Cooperate on Right to Information 

A regional workshop on the right to information held in Beirut from 8-9 June, bringing together participants from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen, and hosted by Social Media Exchange, the Centre for Law and Democracy and International Media Support, has agreed to create a regional network of right to information activists.

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Ten global advertising trends that threaten independent journalism


In a new CIMA report Michelle Foster looks at the implications of the growing dominance of global players on digital and mobile platforms and an increasing famine of credible, thorough, and independent nationally-focused news reporting.
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Media need to step up efforts to protect digital rights
 

In an artcile produced for DW Akademie, Julius Endert examines how digitization of everything raises enormous questions about how to continue protecting human rights – rights that include freedom of expression online, access to information and the right to privacy.

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Ethical Journalism Network’s Aidan White on ‘Reporting Terror’
 

Just as it is vital for journalists to make sure they do not contribute to an expected backlash against Muslims, it is essential that media are free to report without the threat of censorship through anti-terrorism legislation.

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