Nobel Laureate says Social Media Threatening Press Freedom.
Written by News Room on May 4, 2022
A Philippine journalist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Maria Ressa has said that the rise of social media has allowed dangerous propaganda to flourish and left professional journalists facing constant threat of attack.
Ressa told the media in an interview, that the situation for media workers around the world at the moment is bleak, noting that much of the blame lies with the dramatic shift in the way information is distributed.
Speaking on the sidelines of an event in Geneva to mark World Press Freedom Day, the 58-year-old co-founder of the news website Rappler highlighted how social media had made it far easier to spread propaganda, reject facts and change historical realities.
Ressa said it was unfair that the journalists were being asked to sacrifice so much, urging governments and the global community to step up and regulate the technologies that have transformed the information society.