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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African Media and Press Freedom in the Time of Covid-19

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.

A necessary controversy: Defining "fake news"

Two years after Trump’s inauguration, three years after the start of Duterte’s presidential campaign, the controversy over the use of the term “fake news” to refer to the most familiar form of disinformation continues.

Stranger than Fiction

The boundaries between fictional storytelling and disinformation seem to have disappeared entirely during the coronavirus pandemic. Conspiracy theorists are using scenes from Hollywood blockbusters to try proving their theories. As such, they are driving panic and scepticism. Three examples

The Bubble Bursts

What can we do when fake news is uncovered? In his election campaign, Boris Johnson shamelessly uses fabricated facts to create support for Brexit and turn people against his political opponents. And, in doing so, shows SEO skills we did not expect him to have. On the long-term effects of a disinformation bubble.

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