Fact-Checking & Disinformation
Fact-checking news reports and social media posts is critical in the age of misinformation, and disinformation. Children and young people especially must be media savvy and learn to protect themselves.
Fact-checking has always been an important skill for journalists when reporting about, for example, current events and politicians’ statements. Today, anyone who uses social media must learn to check facts, evaluate sources and view images and videos with a critical eye. We must learn to spot scams, and when governments or anti-democratic groups try to manipulate public opinion, impact elections, and/or encourage violence.
Media and Information Literacy Education teaches learners the basics of fact-checking and recognizing mis- and disinformation. MIL strengthens critical thinking and points out markers of deceptive content, know-how needs for children and young people to protect themselves online.
Can you tell the difference between propaganda and objective news and information? Today, governments and anti-democratic groups use the internet to promote anti-democratic views, try to manipulate public opinion, impact elections, and/or encourage violent conflict. In this video, a young rapper shares his point of view based on life experiences.
Many of us have been fooled by a news item that turned out to be false. In this video, you’ll learn about fact-checking from the pros. Professional journalists explain how the media works and how objective journalism differs from paid messages and disinformation’.
Who Can I Trust?
What is media, how does it affect us, and why is it more important than ever to be media savvy and use critical thinking skills?
Amina Ben Douaan
Amina Ben Doua, a journalist at Radio Mosaique, Tunisia. In this clip, she talks about the need for media consumers to be critically aware and check facts.
Creating media messages
Elias Lakhal, a journalism student in Tunisia, discusses how to be critically aware and use the right methods for creating and fact-checking the news, with youth and journalists.
Living up to the ads
Satire: Saif tries to protect his mum against infomercials.
Fake or real?
Satire: Can Saif tell the difference between fake and real news?