The Ministry of Information and UNESCO-Beirut Office on Friday concluded a series of four webinars titled “Journalism during and post COVID-19,” during which regional and international experts tackled media coverage in light of the pandemic, the safety of journalists and mental health, countering hate speech, and fact checking.
In her intervention, Caretaker Minister of Information Manal Abdel Samad underlined that the goal of her minister was to develop the capacities of journalists.
Moreover, she heaped praise on the training webinars “which allowed exchanging expertise and shedding light on current issue.”
In addition, she highlighted the importance of partnership between the ministry and the UNESCO-Beirut Office in that respect.
“We seek a better society, sustainable development, and good media environment; we also welcome all constructive comments and criticism as they help us develop,” said Abdel Samad.
For her part, UNESCO Beirut Officer in Charge, Costanza Farina, stressed that the UNESCO’s goal was to support media, the freedom of expression, and the right to information.
She also highlighted the necessity to combat fake news.
A virtual distribution of certificates took place next.