About the Campaign

Disinformation, propaganda, and “Fake News” have always existed. But why should we worry about that at all?

What makes it different today is its rapid dissemination and global reach. The spread of false information is being deliberately weaponised by the enemies of freedom. It’s being used to degrade public trust in democratic and state institutions, the media and to intensify social division, resentment and fear.

The campaign FreedomFightsFake empowers citizens around the globe to think critically and “pre-bunk” disinformation!

How can we detect which claims are (deliberately) false?
In what ways can we counter the global phenomenon of disinformation?
What is the state of media freedom around the world and how can we strengthen it?

Join us as we search for answers to these questions among others and let’s work together against disinformation!

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Defining Desinformation

The term ‘fake news’ is still common parlance in the press and politics, despite good reasons to stop using it.

Pandemic in a Test Tube

The day is March 11, 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declares a SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and Bulgaria is only a few days away from a national state of emergency. There are only six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. While fears are growing, most citizens can hardly imagine what will happen worldwide.

Bill Gates, the Villain?

The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired a few prominent conspiracy theories. One of the most popular ones draws a connection between the building of 5G infrastructure and the spread of the virus. George Soros, who has often been the target of conspiracy plots, was labelled as the mastermind behind the new Coronavirus.

ArtMarathon “Desinformatsiia”

In Ukraine, disinformation poses a particular threat to democracy, open society as well as national security. Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, together with Deutsche Welle Academy, tries to explore new ways of raising awareness and improving media literacy.

What should you do when your government is the main source of disinformation?

In a text written for the FNF East and Southeast Europe Regional Office, Serbian economist Mihailo Gajic analyzes the danger of disinformation spread by governments based on the case of Serbia. He closely observes the causes of the presidents strong control over Serbian media and suggests several measures that may help to overcome this control.

Myanmar’s first TV Show against False News

Myanmar is a disinformation and hate speech hotspot: During the run-up to the elections on November 8, NGOs like the US Charter Center registered a significant increase of disinformation on Facebook. Now activists have started a Media Information Literacy program called “Just Ask” in cooperation with FNF Myanmar.

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