The new media environment facilitates access to multiple sources
of information but exposes users to the threat of information disorder.
Media education is an essential tool for dealing with this threat.
There is a need to sensitise all members of society, and young
people in particular, to the dangers of manipulation, indoctrination,
radicalisation and hate speech; to increase their ability to distinguish
opinion from objective facts and quality information from propaganda
or false news, and to help them develop a critical approach to the
media. It is also necessary to strengthen the training of journalists
with a focus on accountability and professional ethics.
Media education should be provided at school and continue
as part of a lifelong learning process. All stakeholders – public
institutions, ministries, schools, universities, media, media regulators,
civil society, private initiatives, internet intermediaries – must
engage in multi-stakeholder collaboration and strengthen their coordination
in the development and implementation of their strategies and actions.