The Seoul Declaration on Media and Information Literacy for Everyone and by Everyone has just been published by UNESCO (
Subtitled “A Defence against Disinfodemics”, its focus is very much on the wave of misinformation prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. An outcome of the Feature Conference and Youth Agenda Forum – a consultation with close to one thousand registered participants – the Seoul Declaration calls for media and information literacy for all.
The Conference was held on the 10th anniversary of Global Media and Information Literacy Week (24-31 October 2020). Stakeholders from all ove r the world gave a resounding affirmation of the urgency to strengthen people’s media and information literacy competencies.
HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT chriszielinski.com
His publications are at www.ResearchGate.net and https://winchester.academia.edu/ChrisZielinski/ and his blogs are http://ziggytheblue.wordrpress.com and https://www.tumblr.com/blog/ziggytheblue