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!
In the spring of 2020, the STEM institute, supported by the Prague office of the FNF, carried out an investigation of Czech seeders of disinformation. They are currently estimated to make up about 5 % of the Czech society. Through the combination of different methods, the seeder group was found to be affluent, educated and interested in politics.
The video-conference by Kenya, Tanzanian and Zimbabwean journalists on May 18, 2020 on media issues and Covid-19 was timely, useful and insightful. It covered a wide range of issues, including how the media was covering the Coronavirus, the opportunities, limitations and the outlook going forward.
The same logic of citizen-centered service design is also applicable to the cultivation of media competence.