Do facts still matter? If this is not the case: what are we dealing with then? Our society needs proper communications. If anyone can win an election by distributing “fake news”, democracy is in danger.
Media freedom is at risk already. All over Europe, journalists are intimidated, threatened and attacked, just because they are doing their job: discovering the truth. In Germany alone, at least 19 media workers were attacked in the past year. You can read this in our latest research report “The concept of the enemy II”.
We want – and we still have to – talk about these developments.
International experts present case studies on how to combat and deal with “fake news“ – from forged war pictures from Syria to the creation of myths in the French election campaign. We introduce “elves“ from Lithuania who prevent “trolls“ from disseminating propaganda and smear campaigns in (social) media. And we want to introduce fact-checking tools for the verification of sources and pictures.
Come to Leipzig and join the discussion!
Tuesday-Wednesday, 13/14 June 2017
(2pm-2pm, with evening reception on Day 1)
Venue: Ring Café, Roßplatz 8, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
DAY 1, Tuesday 13 June
14.00 Welcome by ECPMF’s Lutz Kinkel
14.10 – 14.30 Keynote: ”Lying press” (Lügenpresse) in Germany
EIJC researcher Martin Hoffmann presents ECPMF fact-finding missions 2015-17
14.30 – 15.15 Henrik Kaufholz moderates keynote debate (tbc)
15.15 – 15.30 Time for questions and comments from the floor
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee/tea break
16.00 – 17.45 Case studies and discussion
Moderation: Jane Whyatt (ECPMF)
18.00 – 20.00 Networking reception for all participants with drinks and finger food, roof terrace Ringcafé.
DAY 2, Wednesday 14 June
09.30-10.30 Conference plenary with case studies and podium discussion
Moderation: ECPMF chair Henrik Kaufholz
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break and networking
11:00 – 12:00
Truly media – Jochen Spangenburg will talk about user-generated content as an information resource, and the misinformation ecosystem in general. He will point to existing practices, strategies and approaches, and consider pitfalls as well as ways forward. His focus will be on demonstrating Truly.Media, a tool for collaborative verification of UGC, that is currently in beta testing status. Truly.Media is partly based on and includes insights from the European research projects REVEAL and InVID, which will also be portrayed.
12.00 – 12.15 Prof Dirk Voorhoof (Human Rights Centre Ghent University and ECPMF) and Ides Debruyne (journalismfund) present Manifesto on Fake News (comments are welcome beforehand!http://www.differenceday.com/manifesto-difference-day-2017-final/[NW1] )
12.15 – 12.30 Summary by ECPMF Managing Director Lutz Kinkel, call to media freedom community to defend truth and expose fake news throughout Europe
12.30 – 13.30 Networking lunch
For more information contact the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom.