28th April 2016
By Stefanie Chernow

2nd European Media & Information Literacy Forum

Second European Media and Information Literacy ForumThe Ethical Journalism Network participated in the Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum in Riga, Latvia on 28 June 2016.

You can watch the EJN’s Director, Aidan White, speaking at the first event in the series in Brussels here.

 


Background

Peace building, human solidarity and war thrives on the quality of the information environment (citizens, media, Internet, social media, libraries, citizens etc.) and the values they it transmits.

The new wave of extremism and gruesome terrorists’ attacks which persists in many regions of the world and more recently in Europe and the unprecedented migration to Europe place media and information literacy competencies and at the heart of social change.

Media and information literacy empowering citizens with knowledge, skills and attitude to critically access information and media, to critically analyze information and media content and to engage with media and other information providers for social, civic and creative purposes.

Aidan White 2nd Media Literacy Forum (Photo Credit- Jochen Spangenberg @Jospang)

Aidan White at the 2nd Media Literacy Forum in Latvia (Photo Credit: Jochen Spangenberg @Jospang)

Media and information literacy empowering citizens with knowledge, skills and attitude to critically access information and media, to critically analyze information and media content and to engage with media and other information providers for social, civic and creative purposes.

The Forum will be one of the key regional prepcom meetings leading up to the GAPMIL Global MIL Week features events, Global MIL Conference and GAPMIL First General Assembly, 3-5 November 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Forum follows the First European Media and Information Literacy Forum (EU-MILINFO) held in 2014. The usefulness and desire for a collective ownership EMELINFO was reiterated in the First Coordination Meeting of the European Sub-Chapter of the UNESCO-initiated Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy held on 8 and 9 October 2015.

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