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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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.

The spread of an infodemic – Europe needs sharper tools

Fake news have posed a grave threat to societies, the economy and politics long before the Coronavirus. As a result mistrust has spread. Today, people distrust not only politicians, but doctors too. The only solution is increased international cooperation.

If you can afford it – Fact-Checking on WhatsApp

Communicating via messenger services opens many doors: keeping close contact with international friends and family, organising club outings or political parties and subscribing to media outlets. The possibilities are endless.

Czech Seeders of 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.

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