On the Front Lines of Democracy
The author of The Infodemic, Joel Simon, and the directors of the HBO documentary Endangered, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, describe how lies, censorship, and attacks on journalists are undermining democracy in the US and around the world. The Infodemic: How Censorship and Lies Made the World Sicker and Less Free, co-authored by Simon and Robert Mahoney, chronicles the ways in which governments cracked down on dissent and usurped power during the COVID19 pandemic, under the guise of protecting public health. Endangered, produced by Loki Films and Ronan Farrow, tells the story of four journalists confronting violence and tackling misinformation as they fight to report the truth. The discussion is moderated by David Kaye, a law professor and leading free expression expert.