Local Media Play Up WSF

27 January 2005
Who says the media don't care about the World Social Forum? While reporting might be negligible in most mainstream Western media, Porto Alegre's two major daily newspapers offered extensive coverage of the event. A quick survey of the city's two largest newspapers illustrates the point. Zero Hora, southern Brazil's largest metro daily, ran two cover stories on the summit. The main piece runs beneath a half-page photo of activists marching down the waterfront whilst carrying a gigantic beachball-like inflatable globe. The lead compares the march to a carnival parade: 'Like a gigantic samba school split into groups of different colours, nationalities and causes, the WSF's four-hour Peace March ran through Central Porto Alegre announcing the opening of the Fifth World Social Forum'. The cover also teases a story on Lula's 'risky' visit to the event, suggesting that a hostile reception from WSF attendees is not out of the question. In total, Zero Hora ran 17 WSF stories across 14 pages. By contrast, local editors ran no more than three stories on the World Economic Forum, in Davos, all of which were squeezed into one measly page. Correio do Povo, the city's other main paper, also gave the World Social Forum front-page coverage. The headline reads: 'Historic march opens WSF', and the story highlights the unprecedented turnout of 200,000 people. Correio do Povo ran a total of 16 WSF stories over five pages, whilst publishing only three pieces on the Davos event.

How can Americans fight dark money and disinformation?

Violence, corruption and cynicism threaten America's flagging democracy. Joe Biden has promised to revive it – but can his new administration stem the flow of online disinformation and shady political financing that has eroded the trust of many US voters?

Hear from leading global experts and commentators on what the new president and Congress must do to stem the flood of dark money and misinformation that is warping politics around the world.

Join us on Thursday 21 January, 5pm UK time/12pm EST.

Hear from:

Emily Bell Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism and director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Anoa Changa Journalist focusing on electoral justice, social movements and culture

Peter Geoghegan openDemocracy investigations editor and author of 'Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics'

Josh Rudolph Fellow for Malign Finance at the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy 

Further speakers to be announced

Had enough of ‘alternative facts’? openDemocracy is different Join the conversation: get our weekly email


We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions.
Audio available Bookmark Check Language Close Comments Download Facebook Link Email Newsletter Newsletter Play Print Share Twitter Youtube Search Instagram WhatsApp yourData