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An informal news briefing for reporters by an official often speaking off the record.
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1. any document containing background information about something
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a press conference or interview in which a government official, directly or indirectly, gives background information on a policy or issue
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(ˈbækˌgraʊn dər)

a briefing by an official who has been promised anonymity in reports of the briefing.
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Noun1.backgrounder - a press conference or interview in which a government official explains to reporters the background of an action or policybackgrounder - a press conference or interview in which a government official explains to reporters the background of an action or policy; "the secretary gave us a backgrounder on public health issues"
news conference, press conference - a conference at which press and tv reporters ask questions of a politician or other celebrity
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Backgrounder: 'SEBA focused on corporate social responsibility (CSR), vocational training, and employment activities through hosting related events in 2018, in collaboration with non-governmental organisations, Taher told DNE last year, adding that SEBA supports the Four Biscuits Initiative that aims to empower young people with Down Syndrome by providing them with training in baking skills and then selling their products at local markets and online.'
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This backgrounder shows that only an air-tight Iranian-Saudi deal can defend world oil prices.
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Co mentioned as a backgrounder that "True Value started in 1995, by the Recto-Montinola family and was later acquired by the Robinson's Group in 2007.
Equal parts eye-opening backgrounder, cautionary chronicle and impassioned plea for the defense, "Deep Web" begins as an illuminating overview of the Internet's non-indexed digital substratum, then narrows its focus to recount the arrest, prosecution and conviction of Ross Ulbricht, alleged originator and supervisor of the notorious Silk Road online bazaar.
Each image is accompanied by a full page backgrounder, giving insights into the artists' styles.