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The book Infodemic by Joel Simon and Robert Mohaney explores the mechanisms of a modern brand of “censorship through noise,” looking at government censorship and state control—such as the jailing of critics and restricting the flow of information—leading to the influx of misinformation to the public we see today. The Netflix documentary Endangered, examines the same ideas, chronicling a year in the life of four journalists reporting inside Mexico, Brazil and the United States—three democratic nations where the view of the press is rapidly deteriorating. Join Joel Simon, Heidi Ewing, and Rachel Grady (directors of the Netflix documentary Endangered) for a discussion on a topic that all of them have recently covered in their work: how journalism and the freedom of the press is being threatened everywhere. In countries we consider democratic, journalists are being silenced and misinformation abounds.

Joel Simon

Joel Simon is an author, journalist, and press freedom advocate. He is currently a Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Knight First Amendment Institute, also at Columbia. He is the author of four books, including The Infodemic: How Censorship and Lies Made the World Sicker and Less Free, coming on April 26 from Columbia Global Reports. From 2006 until 2021, Joel served as executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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