Journalism and Truth in the Time of Fake News

YPFP and FNF are delighted to invite you to our upcoming joint event "Journalism and Truth in the Time of Fake News". The phenomenon of fake news has turned from an obscure corner of the internet to a major canal of (dis)information in just a couple of years. With the presence of online news sources, news delivery is expected to be instantaneous, and journalists and news agencies face pressure to release stories rapidly to keep up with their competition. Anyone can record events with their smartphone or write a story. In today’s society, we are exposed to all kinds of rumours and falsehoods depending on where we take our info from. The standard of journalism is dropping as media giants aim to maximise profits, which works to the detriment of news quality. While the extent of its influence on politics and security is still hard to evaluate, fake news is certainly a major tool of manipulation and an emerging threat to democracy and pluralism. How can and should governments act on this? What is the role of the European Union in this context? What developments can we anticipate for in the future?

Join us to debate these and other questions, together with our distinguished speaker, Jakub Kalenský. 

Jakub Kalenský is a political reporter from the Czech Republic. In 2012, he received the Novinářská křepelka award for promising journalists under 33 years of age. Since September 2015, he has worked in the European External Action Service as a member of the newly established East StratCom Task Force. In this unit, Jakub leads on the objective of raising awareness of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns and improving the EU’s response to these campaigns.

* Kindly register for this event by 19 January 2018. Please note that you will be forwarded to a Google Drive sheet. Should you wish to register with us directly please send an email to register.brussels@fnst.org. Photographs will be taken at the event for use on the FNF website, social media, in the press, FNF marketing materials, and other publications. By entering this event, you consent to FNF photographing and using your image and likeness.

January 22, 2018 at 7pm - 8:30pm
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
Avenue de Cortenbergh 71
Brussels 1000
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