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Disinformation in Europe

Disinformation is considered one of the main threats to democracy – not only in Europe, but worldwide. With only a few months to go before EU citizens vote in EU-wide elections, campaigns spreading false information about EU policies are on the rise. For example, Russian disinformation campaigns aimed at influencing the outcome of elections in Europe, as well as campaigns in Ukraine in the context of Russia’s war of aggression against the country, are being watched closely by politicians, experts, journalists and other professionals. What challenges do journalists and fact-checkers face in their indispensable role of countering such disinformation campaigns?

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Disinformation is on the rise ahead of the 2024 EU elections and leads to all information being regarded as untrustworthy. This lack of trust can endanger democracy – but independent fact-based journalism is a defence against disinformation and fake news. Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Green MEP Terry Reintke and Renate Schroeder, Director at the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) talk about the dangers of disinformation and the role of journalists and fact-checkers in combating it.

How is disinformation affecting Europe?

Journalism key to fighting disinformation

Journalism key to fighting disinformation

With the 2024 EU elections just months away, widespread disinformation campaigns on key EU policies are on the rise. Politicians and media experts alike warn that quality journalism and fact-checking are essential to prevent disinformation from spreading.

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Journalism key to fighting disinformation

Journalism key to fighting disinformation

With the 2024 EU elections just months away, widespread disinformation campaigns on key EU policies are on the rise. Politicians and media experts alike warn that quality journalism and fact-checking are essential to prevent disinformation from spreading.