Journalism and Truth in the Time of Fake News

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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 competing media sources.

Any one can record events with their smartphone or write a story. In today’s society we are exposed to all kinds of rumour and falsehoods depending on where we take our info from. Standard of journalism is dropping, as media giants aim to maximise profits which works to the detriment of news quality.

While the extents of its political and security influence are still blur and hard to evaluate, it appears as 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 as a political reporter from Czech Republic, in 2012 he received the Novinářská křepelka award for promising journalists under 33 years of age. Since September 2015 he works 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 the awareness about pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign and improving EU’s response to this campaign.


Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) and FNF are delighted to invite you to our upcoming joint event Journalism and Truth in the Time of Fake News.


Monday, 22 January 2018

Registration & Welcome Drink: 18:30 – 19:00h

Event: 19.00-20.30h


Kindly register for this event by 19 January: *


Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom,

Av. de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels



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