“Words Matter: The Role and Responsibility of the Media in Shaping Public Perceptions about Migrants and in Promoting Inclusive Societies”

15:00-17:00, 20 November 2018, Tuesday, United Nations Headquarters Conference Room 11

The international community is facing an unprecedented refugee and migration crises. In parallel, hate speech and incitement to violence against migrants and refugees are on the rise on line and in traditional media platforms. In this framework, the media play a crucial role, not only in shaping public perceptions of migrant and refugee populations but also public attitudes towards their integration.

The plenary session will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and good practices to address this phenomenon. Discussions will also focus on measures to support the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, particularly objective 16 and 17 on empowering migrants and societies to realize full inclusion and social cohesion.


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