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Click here to view keynotes from IMC 2022.

Expert: Western Public Health Authorities’ Communication Missteps in Dealing with COVID Led to Public Mistrust

Epidemiologist and East-West Center Senior Research Fellow Tim Brown criticized the West’s delayed reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak compared with Asia’s response.

Pacific Climate Leaders Caution Media Against ‘Drowning Islands’ Narrative

Pacific Islands climate advocates took Western media to task for maintaining a “drowning islands” narrative that they say dominates stories on global warming in the region and diminishes efforts to fight and adapt to the environmental crisis.

Confronting the Media’s Crisis of Trust

Journalism and media experts at the recent East-West Center International Media Conference outlined the global crisis of public confidence in news, concluding that the issue has grown beyond the industry's ability to solve.

Where Does the US Stand in Asia and the Pacific Today?

Is US influence in Asia and the Pacific waning, as the war in Ukraine draws American focus and China moves ever more aggressively to expand its footprint in the region? That was the subtext on the final day of the media conference, as discussion turned to geopolitics in the region.

Battling the ‘Devil’s Megaphone’

Facing a shutdown of her online news outlet, Nobel laureate Maria Ressa calls for journalists to band together to fight an online information ecosystem ‘built on lies laced with hate.’

East-West Center Honors Journalists of Courage and Impact at International Media Conference

Since they began in 2014, the “Journalists of Courage and Impact” awards have been given out at each of the Center’s biennial media conferences, with 22 recipients thus far.

Ressa Reveals Rappler Shutdown Order at EWC International Media Conference

Nobel Peace Prize winner and press freedom champion Maria Ressa announced today that her online news organization Rappler was hit with a shutdown order yesterday from the Philippines Security and Exchange Commission.

Media Conference Kicks Off with Classic Waikīkī Sunset

The 2022 East-West Center International Media Conference kicked off in true Hawai‘i style as participants gathered oceanfront at Waikīkī for the conference’s welcome reception, illuminated by a spectacular sunset over the Pacific.


As social trust in media, government, business, science, NGOs – even in the concept of society itself – has plummeted, societies seem headed toward a zero-trust world. The growing presence of alternative realities makes verifying truth and restoring facts to the center of public discourse challenging, if not almost impossible. The 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer states this continued erosion of public trust has resulted in “a new era of information bankruptcy and a trust ecosystem unable to confront it.”

Media’s responsibility is to report facts so publics and policymakers can make informed decisions. But in a world where there is no longer a common set of facts and little trust in media, journalists perhaps face their biggest challenges ever to remain society’s watchdog.

The four-day conference examined how media can rebuild trust, reconnect societies, and lead us back to a more fact-based world. It also featured international speakers discussing how societies can collaborate to better meet global challenges such as climate change, and how diplomacy and international relations are impacted in a zero-trust world.

This year for the first time, the final day of IMC overlapped with the EWC/EWCA International Conference for a morning of programs featuring high-profile speakers on diplomacy and international relations.


2022 East-West Center International Media Conference
Home | About | Digital Program | Partners | Donate


Click here to view keynotes from IMC 2022.

Expert: Western Public Health Authorities’ Communication Missteps in Dealing with COVID Led to Public Mistrust

Epidemiologist and East-West Center Senior Research Fellow Tim Brown criticized the West’s delayed reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak compared with Asia’s response.

Pacific Climate Leaders Caution Media Against ‘Drowning Islands’ Narrative

Pacific Islands climate advocates took Western media to task for maintaining a “drowning islands” narrative that they say dominates stories on global warming in the region and diminishes efforts to fight and adapt to the environmental crisis.

Confronting the Media’s Crisis of Trust

Journalism and media experts at the recent East-West Center International Media Conference outlined the global crisis of public confidence in news, concluding that the issue has grown beyond the industry's ability to solve.

Where Does the US Stand in Asia and the Pacific Today?

Is US influence in Asia and the Pacific waning, as the war in Ukraine draws American focus and China moves ever more aggressively to expand its footprint in the region? That was the subtext on the final day of the media conference, as discussion turned to geopolitics in the region.

Battling the ‘Devil’s Megaphone’

Facing a shutdown of her online news outlet, Nobel laureate Maria Ressa calls for journalists to band together to fight an online information ecosystem ‘built on lies laced with hate.’

East-West Center Honors Journalists of Courage and Impact at International Media Conference

Since they began in 2014, the “Journalists of Courage and Impact” awards have been given out at each of the Center’s biennial media conferences, with 22 recipients thus far.

Ressa Reveals Rappler Shutdown Order at EWC International Media Conference

Nobel Peace Prize winner and press freedom champion Maria Ressa announced today that her online news organization Rappler was hit with a shutdown order yesterday from the Philippines Security and Exchange Commission.

Media Conference Kicks Off with Classic Waikīkī Sunset

The 2022 East-West Center International Media Conference kicked off in true Hawai‘i style as participants gathered oceanfront at Waikīkī for the conference’s welcome reception, illuminated by a spectacular sunset over the Pacific.


As social trust in media, government, business, science, NGOs – even in the concept of society itself – has plummeted, societies seem headed toward a zero-trust world. The growing presence of alternative realities makes verifying truth and restoring facts to the center of public discourse challenging, if not almost impossible. The 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer states this continued erosion of public trust has resulted in “a new era of information bankruptcy and a trust ecosystem unable to confront it.”

Media’s responsibility is to report facts so publics and policymakers can make informed decisions. But in a world where there is no longer a common set of facts and little trust in media, journalists perhaps face their biggest challenges ever to remain society’s watchdog.

The four-day conference examined how media can rebuild trust, reconnect societies, and lead us back to a more fact-based world. It also featured international speakers discussing how societies can collaborate to better meet global challenges such as climate change, and how diplomacy and international relations are impacted in a zero-trust world.

This year for the first time, the final day of IMC overlapped with the EWC/EWCA International Conference for a morning of programs featuring high-profile speakers on diplomacy and international relations.


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