Warren Fernandez
Warren Fernandez
Warren Fernandez is editor-in-chief of The Straits Times and also president of the World Editors Forum.

The Covid-19 experience – hampered by populist politicians, global inequalities and a pandemic of misinformation – makes plain the difficulties of forging a global consensus on tackling climate change.

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Amid the outbreak, audiences have turned to professional journalists like never before to learn how to stay safe, protect their jobs and tell fact from fiction. Covid-19 has highlighted many things, including the critical role a credible and reliable media plays in the health and well-being of our societies.

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At a time when the public are most in need of critical information, many newsrooms, hit by shrinking revenue streams, are finding it harder to deliver on their mission – with grave implications for society

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Worldwide, new forms of financial and institutional support will be necessary to sustain public interest journalism. These must be independent to ensure government accountability and maintain democratic participation.