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COMMENTARY: World Press Freedom Day: Go back to basics in journalism

  • Endy Bayuni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 3, 2017   /  11:08 am
COMMENTARY: World Press Freedom Day: Go back to basics in journalism The public, now exposed to all kinds of unfiltered information on the internet, including hoaxes, fake news and propaganda, need the service of journalism, the traditional kind, more than ever. (Shutterstock/File)

Journalists around the world are marking World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on May 3 at a time when the profession faces an uncertain future because of the proliferation of news, including fake news, bombarding and confusing its audience.

With the traditional news platforms, particularly print, facing certain demise, that future is even bleaker in the absence of a business model that can provide the financial support for media outlets to survive and thrive. The old model, where media operated largely by selling advertisement space and charging subscription fees, is clearly outmoded on the digital platform.

All media outlets sooner or later will have to fully migrate to the digital world, but no one has figured out a business model that could guarantee their ability to operate freely and independently from any political and business interest. There have been one ...