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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Hidden in Plain Sight

During the Corona crisis, censorship and political influence in the press have been on the rise, as exemplified by China and Hungary. A recent project to make critical journalism publicly available worldwide uses a novel platform: Minecraft.

Fighting Disinformation amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

The current health crisis has had a tremendous global impact on how we access information and in regions such as Mexico and Central America, it has highlighted structural fractures in terms of inequality of resources, access to information, and rights.

The Disinformation Trap

Most people believe that they are well informed, yet many of them distrust news sources. This is one of the results of a study by Kantar (Emnid), commissioned by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

International survey: Disinformation permeates societies worldwide

Bill Gates supposedly bought the WHO and the coronavirus is in reality a Chinese bio-weapon. The “infodemic” of misinformation surrounding the coronavirus is giving rise to a multitude of outrageous false reports - with far-reaching consequences, as a representative global study, conducted by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, shows.

Misinformation and Healthcare: The Infodemic in India

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (COVID-19), has been spreading across India and the world. However, there is something else spreading with a similar virality—fake news and misinformation. False data, miracle cures, conspiracy theories and religious discrimination have gained traction as they circulate on WhatsApp and Facebook.

Training fact-checkers to fight “Fake News"

According to a survey by the market research company Ipsos, four out of five Turkish citizens have encountered Fake News at least once. Interestingly, most blame the print media for the spread of Fake News and has a relatively high trust in the social media. This is surprising because most Fake News actually originate in the social networks.

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