Web Chat – Combating Disinformation: Who is Responsible? Me or Journalists?

With false news and disinformation playing a large role in the current media landscape both locally and globally, it is critical that citizens analyze all the news stories and information they come across daily. We all know how rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. What is equally important is how you as leaders within our alumni community respond to and counter disinformation.

U.S. Embassy Georgetown observed World Press Freedom Day 2020 with a virtual discussion titled “Combating Disinformation: Who is Responsible? Me or Journalists?” Hear from a panel of respected local journalists and alumni members as they help us to dissect fact from fiction and provide you with tips to be our champions for and disseminating fact-based news.

Panelists:

  • Nazima Raghubir – President, Guyana Press Association
  • Neil Marks – Reporter, News Room
  • Svetlana Marshall – Assistant Editor, Guyana Chronicle
  • moderated by U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Violeta Talandis

Nazima Raghubir has close to 20 years of journalistic experience starting out as a journalist at Prime News. She is the President of the Guyana Press Association (GPA), being the first woman elected to lead the 74 year old body. Nazima also serves as First Vice President of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM). She participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program on Investigative Journalism in 2014.

Svetlana Marshall started her journalism career in 2009. She works as assistant editor at the Guyana Chronicle and has received several media awards from PAHO/WHO for three consecutive years. Svetlana also serves as Secretary for the Guyana Press Association (GPA). She participated in the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists: Media Responsibility in an Age of Disinformation.

Neil Marks began his journalism career started in 2008 where he started out as a senior reporter at Kaieteur News, working at various media houses in Guyana covering both private and state media. Neil has served as Editor and News Anchor of Capitol News and Sunday Editor for the Guyana Chronicle. He served as President of the Guyana Press Association in 2015. Neil is currently a producer, reporter, news anchor and editorial consultant at News Room. He also works as a news stringer for Reuters News Agency. Neil participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program on Combating Corruption