Forum Talk 2: Disinformation and Fake News
Sponsorship: INGO Conference and International Media Support
7 November 2019 - 09.00 – 11.00 - Room 7 - Interpretation: FR/EN
Disinformation and “fake news” are saturating our media landscape, often helped by the fact that wild speculation is much more exciting than reality. The 2000s have seen greater ability for media and citizens to produce, share and get access to content – news but also increasingly disinformation.
The proliferation of the ‘fake news’ phenomenon, through social networks and social messaging, threatens democracies, which raises the question of regulation of social media companies.
At the same time, politicians and governments around the world often invoke ‘fake news’ to delegitimise critical reporting and to justify activities to curtail media freedoms. In this challenging environment it is important that journalists stand up as standard bearers for best practice, to verify the information.
This Talk explores the role of institutions and journalists in combatting “fake news” and promoting robust, fact-based reporting.
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