Truth or Tale? Fact-checking, Disinformation and Fake News in European and National Election Campaigns
Taking place in Barcelona on May 2-3, 2019, this workshop is co-organized by the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB) and the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in the framework of the Mercator European Dialogue.
Today, the proliferation of fake news is a top concern among Europeans. According to the “Flash Eurobarometer on Fake News and Online Disinformation,” published by the European Commission in March 2018, 83 percent of respondents say that fake news represent a danger to democracy. This workshop will provide a very selected number of members of our network with the opportunity to discuss the policy challenges related to disinformation in electoral campaigns and the role of politicians in improving the quality of political communication, especially when it comes to debating European affairs in national parliaments. Participants will explore ways to encourage more truthful and reality-based discussions, increasing interaction with voters, and thus contributing to a healthier democratic system. The dynamic format of the event will allow for direct exchange between participants, lively Q&As and room for active participation.