Chair: Noemi Ruiz
Delegates, the safety of journalists and false news reporting are issues that have been sidelined for too long. A society that believes in human rights and upholds information as a public good cannot at the same time, be indifferent to the danger and farce we see in journalism and the greater news thread. Welcome to the committee that will steer through this turbulence and promote protected press, safe journalism, and transparency as essential freedoms. The issues introduced are tremendously complicated and will require sensible research, collaboration, and your participation throughout. It is with trusting spirits that I await LAMUN and your attendance.
Letter from the Chair:
Welcome to LAMUN 2017! I am Noemi Ruiz and it is a privilege to serve as chair for this year’s General Assembly committee. This will be my fourth year participating in Model United Nations at UCLA and my second time chairing LAMUN. Some information about myself: I am a senior at the University of California, Los Angeles majoring in Ethnic Studies and minoring in Public Health. Outside of MUN I like to read, hike and vent my frustrations on coffee outings.
As I welcome you to LAMUN and our committee, I realize how enriching MUN is to my worldviews, values and undergraduate experience. MUN was the first program I became a part of at UCLA and LAMUN will be the last conference I chair; please join me in making LAMUN 2017 a conference to remember!
This year the Social Humanitarian and Cultural (SOCHUM) Committee will be discussing the rights and safety of journalists as well as the issue of false news. Known all too well, the threats and harassment journalists undergo limits freedom of expression and the free flow of information. Journalists and other media workers, as conveyors of important and often controversial material, are unsafe. This committee is tasked with creating a safe climate for journalists and media workers, both in conflict and non-conflict situations. The issue of false news is no smaller; with the digital age in full force, the media is prone to misuse. Fake news is perhaps the most problematic misuse of media power today because it dramatically manipulates public opinion. Ultimately, by publicizing non-existent issues, feelings of animosity and strife abroad and in home countries can grow to the benefit of a political cause or simply to distract public attention from real and impending issues.
The following background guide will briefly outline the aforementioned topics. The questions provided at the end are central questions to consider and will facilitate your research but are not intended to limit the scope of debate. Once again, on behalf of all staff, welcome to LAMUN! I look forward to hearing your contributions in this forum! Until then, please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you may have.
LAMUN 2017 | GA Chair