Global Media Fellows:
No matter where you are now, we hope you and your family are doing well.
This spring is destined to be unforgettable, and a pandemic-defense battle on human destiny is still fighting at all corners over the world. As the COVID-19 continues to spread in the international community, global media has played an important role in spreading information, guiding public opinion, and directing people’s faith and values. “A journalist is the lookout on the bridge of the ship of state. He notes the passing sail, the little things of interest that dot the horizon in fine weather. He reports the drifting castaway whom the ship can save. He peers through fog and storm to give warning of dangers ahead. He is not thinking of his wages or of the profits of his owners. He is there to watch over the safety and the welfare of the people who trust him.” (by Joseph Pulitzer，Founder of the Pulitzer Prizes). This vividly and accurately points out the social functions of media to monitor the global environment and provide early warnings about any possible crisis.
The world has become a small village. We depend on each other. We must understand and respect our diversity. The media needs to take a mission in improving the scientific quality of the general public. In order to enhance this great mission, the Press and Information Department of The UN International Collaboration and Coordination Agency would like to deliver a global proposal as follows:
We firmly support WHO to play a leading role in global anti-epidemic cooperation. World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency within the United Nations system responsible for public health matters, and its role in responding to outbreaks is crucial. Under the leadership of the WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, upholding a scientific, objective and impartial position, and actively guiding and assisting countries to respond to the epidemic, WHO plays an irreplaceable role in preventing and controlling to the global public health crisis. All global media should support the WHO’s guidance and coordination to fight against the epidemic in the international community with joint efforts.
Global reporters are urged to use your sharp eyes, agile ears and wise minds to monitor and process key information lurking in the fields of human health, politics, economy, culture, etc., and issue timely warnings to ensure the safety of the "big ship" of the international community.
The COVID-19 pandemic is very sudden, urgent and uncertain this year. After the outbreak, the general public has shown some degree of panic and negative behavior to some extent. At this crucial moment, in addition to sharing correct information, media reporters are also suggested to provide public opinion guidance to help the public understand and analyze the incident and the facts behind the scenes as well as pay attentions to people’s psychological endurance. Media should avoid inciting intolerance, discrimination, stigma, and prejudice in any forms.
We believe that the world will finally usher in the dawn of victory in the near future.