Most likely, all of us have been in a situation when acquaintances on social networks begin to share vague and polarizing information, so-called “truths” or other statements that very often have nothing to do with reality. Especially during the period of COVID-19, the scope of false information about coronavirus has dramatically increased. Therefore, in order to stay alert, we are sharing with you some tips on how to effectively identify disinformation.
I think fake news is an industry. This is an industry which has employees, working hours, norms and pays. The only way to battle against the industry of lies is to create the industry of truth – says Nenad Pejic, former vice-president of Radio Slobodna Europa (Free Europe) in the interview.
Interview with Gordana Vilovic, Vice-dean, Political Science University of Zagreb
Fake news is nothing new, it has always existed, but in the past there were no social media which enabled the proliferation of it on such a large scale – says Gordana Vilovic, Vice dean at the Faculty of Political sciences of Zagreb University.
I think the biggest challenge overall is that we have to fight very hard to return to the basis of journalism. Journalists these days are fighting with social networks or citizen journalism – which is a new concept that is hopefully going to trail away because it is not journalism. At the same time, journalists are often criticised today for not being professional, being biased, being politically affiliated with different political options. – says Leila Bicakcic, Executive Director of the Centre for Investigative Reporting.