Parallel Session 9: Tackling Online Disinformation

Parallel Session 9: Tackling Online Disinformation

The Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) is concerned about the growing threat of disinformation. Disinformation can challenge the right to freedom of opinion and expression, necessary for the access of free, plural and reliable information constitutive of democracy. Disinformation can erode trust in public information and democratic institutions, fracture community cohesion, polarise society and, in the most extreme cases, constitute incitement to hatred and threaten public health and safety. State-sponsored disinformation campaigns are sometimes a part of military strategies and hybrid threats.

An FOC Joint Statement on the Spread of Disinformation Online is currently being developed by the Governments of Finland and the UK. The statement will provide the basis for this roundtable discussion, featuring experts from Finland and the UK, as well as journalists and online fact-checkers from the African region, tying the conversation to the wider media literacy discussion.