Dark, Harrowing Film Touts Power of Journalism in Uncovering Truth

Reporters Without Borders ad says fighting against misinformation is 'essential to protect democracy'


Global advocacy group Reporters Without Borders has released a harrowing film to promote journalism’s power in uncovering the truth and holding powerful institutions to account.

Crafted by agency BETC, the short film has a stark message: that reality only exists if someone reports it.

The spot opens with a scene that shows refugees crossing a desert. One collapses with exhaustion, later dying in the ad, leaving his grieving son to travel alone.

The viewer is then taken within a cell where a man, inflicted with torture injuries, shivers with fear and cold.

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