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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Governments & desinformation

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.

Right to Information: A tool to combat disinformation

India passed the Right to Information (RTI) Act in 2005 which gave the hope of transparency and accountability to its citizens. Since its adoption, the act has helped in highlighting frauds and enabled citizens to hold public authorities accountable for their actions. However, over time the essence of the RTI Act has been systematically eroded.

Sri Lanka’s Fight Against the ‘Infodemic’ during the Pandemic

Sri Lanka reported its first case of COVID-19 in early February in 2020. There was a rapid increase in the number of cases from March till May. However, health authorities were able to manage the situation and the country is now in a better position compared to many other neighboring countries.

Credibility and Trust Disenfranchise Disinformation

Even when new infection numbers were at their worst, conspiracy theories were a fringe phenomenon in South Korea. Some of the key reasons are governmental credibility, a fact-checking effort and high level of public trust. Reckless and psychologically damaged agitators that have found an audience in Germany are less of a threat in South Korea.

China and Russia – The new "saviors"

Pro-Russian and pro-Chinese sources are leading “coordinated campaigns” aiming to erode trust in the European Union and the bloc’s crisis management, as well as to divert attention from Chinese mishandling of the health crisis, according to a special report by the European External Action Service, released at the end of April.

If you can afford it – Fact-Checking on WhatsApp

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