Polarization and disinformation are two important threats to democracy. An article published by Democracy Digest argues that better journalism and media can defend democracy against these two problems. Here is an excerpt:
The situation in El Salvador seems like a copy of the Nicaraguan reality, with one major difference – the “loss of the democratic and constitutional order” that in Nicaragua happened over a decade, in El Salvador took only two years, said César Fagoaga, general manager of Revista Factum. It transpired over distinct phases, he told a Knight Foundation webinar* “Journalism in Times of Polarization and Disinformation in Latin America” (above):
- The first one was through a discourse of hate and the creation of enemies “to cover their own failings”…..
- The second phase has to do with systematic blocking of information. In El Salvador, he said, no interview can take place which has not been approved by the presidency.
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