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The UN family - through its funds, programmes and specialized agencies - carries out activities to improve the lives of people around the world. Here are a few examples:


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UN COVID-19 Response

Five ways the UN is fighting ‘infodemic’ of misinformation

By dispelling rumours, fake news, and messages of hate and division during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN is working to spread accurate information and messages of hope and solidarity. To rally forces behind this effort, we are launching a new COVID-19 Communications Response Initiative based on science, solutions and solidarity to fight misinformation.

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With COVID-19, journalism faces new challenges just when the world needs it most, says UNESCO report

In the context of the unprecedented public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, access to verified and accurate information, produced by independent media and fact-checkers, can mean a matter of life and death.

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Journalists struggle to work free from fear or favour, new UNESCO study says

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the importance of free and independent media in reporting verified information to the public and in holding public authorities to account. Yet, as the preview of a new UNESCO study assesses, in recent years the news media have faced increased challenges to editorial independence. This is especially through ‘media capture’ in which media are skewed by private and state groups that abuse systems of regulation, ownership, advertising and finance.