youmna Chamieh ‘21 Press Corps

youmna Chamieh ‘21
Press Corps

Youmna Chamieh

Hometown: Paris, France
Hobbies: Singing, dancing, listening to music, making music, going on long walks, traveling to new places, building igloos, and playing Mario Kart (slightly ashamed but also not really).
Best WorldMUN memory: Hitting the “5, 4, 3 2 1 let’s go” portion of our Cabaret choreography. 
Favorite book: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.
Why WorldMUN? I joined this group my first year at Harvard, and have made some extremely meaningful friendships within it. After Madrid, I can add that I have seen the impact of WorldMUN not only on the Harvard team, but also on the delegates, staff, and host community. The mission of this conference, its ability to empower those who participate in it, and its commitment to the ideals of international solidarity are all things that I hold very close to my heart. 

Press Corps

“The fourth pillar of democracy”: this is the title which media is often ascribed today, thereby placing itself alongside the centuries-long trifecta of the Judiciary, Executive, and Legislature. The title is, in many respects, well-deserved: the press ensures transparency and accountability in the working of all the above three systems, and without it there would exist no institutional mechanism for informing citizens of the social, political, and economic realities of the structures in place for their governance. Of course, however, the press doesn’t always fulfil this function perfectly; and some might argue, in fact, that there is no way for it to do so. 

However, through a plurality of journalistic structures, a commitment to intellectual integrity, and an emphasis on substance rather than sensationalism, it can certainly come close. In the Press Corps, this is precisely what you, the delegates, will strive to achieve. By becoming reporters, each of whom represents a news agency rather than a country or an individual, you will be given the opportunity to engage in investigative journalism throughout the entirety of conference. Your work in reporting, interpreting, and sharing to all conference members the ongoings of committees every day will not only enhance your journalism and writing skills in a unique conference context; it will also serve as the only, and most powerful, component of accountability for all of your fellow delegates, to ensure that media truly does remain the fourth pillar of democracy at WorldMUN 2020.