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UofSC announces international forum to discuss global issues

Updated to reflect a new Livestream link.

The University of South Carolina will host Information Saves Lives, an international forum on media freedom, disinformation and hunger, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. 

Headlining the event are former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme, which won the Nobel Peace Prize; UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay; and University of South Carolina Interim President Harris Pastides. 

Other speakers are:

  • Maria Ressa, founder and co-CEO of Rappler, a Philippine news site that challenges President Rodrigo Duterte’s attacks on the press.
  • Marcelo Canellas, a Brazilian TV reporter who has won international awards for his coverage of hunger.
  • Glenn Smith, a member of the Charleston Post & Courier team that won the 2015 Pulitzer Price for its series on domestic violence in South Carolina.

University of South Carolina alumnus and ABC News correspondent Kenneth Moton will moderate the forum.

In-person attendance is by invitation only, but the public can view the livestream here.

For media inquiries, please contact Rebekah Friedman. For questions about the event, contact Randy Covington.

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