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IMI Infocrime Project to detect fake news and manipulations in eight regions of Ukraine

19.05.2021, 18:16

The Institute of Mass Information has launched a new stage of the INFOCRIME project to expose fake news and manipulations in the regional mass media. The project is supported by the Thompson Reuters Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom.

This time, the project will start in eight regions of Ukraine : in Odessa, Kherson, Lutsk, Kropyvnytskyi, where INFOCRIME has already been successful. And also four new cities, will join it, previously this will be Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Dnipro and Rivne.  

The aim of the project is to expose fake news and help journalists of local mass media to check the facts and disseminate reliable information. 

Within the space of six months, a network of fact-checkers will conduct operational weekly monitoring and exposing the main fake news, manipulations, disinformation and propaganda. In addition, the media professionals from the regions, where the project will take place will have the opportunity to apply for the competition and participate in three trainings to be conducted in Ukraine by the Thompson Reuters Foundation.

"If we do not have reliable information, we lose the ability to solve specific problems. Manipulations and fake news also pose a serious threat to the development of independent and successful journalism. So we are going not only to expose misinformation, but also to help the mass media to build up quality practices and approaches. We will make efficient and interesting researches of fake news and manipulations and will carry out cool training courses involving the international and well-known Ukrainian experts ", - the executive director of IMI Oksana Romanyuk declared.

Project INFOCRIME will not only help to collect and systematize data on the most common narratives of fake news and manipulations, but will also demonstrate to the general public and journalists in particular that detecting and filtering misinformation is not as difficult as it might seem. At the same time, trainings are to be held for local journalists and editors to help make journalism better and avoid mistakes in the future.

You can follow the project materials by following the links:

We remind you that in the fall of 2020 the INFOCRIME project in Odessa, Kherson, Lutsk and Kropyvnytskyi was dealing with detection of fake news and manipulations which were connected with local elections. During the first stage of the project, about 190 fakes and 2,800 manipulations were analyzed and refuted.

The project is implemented by the Institute of Mass Information and funded by the Thomson Reuters Foundation as part of a program to support independent media in the Eastern Partnership countries with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Commonwealth of Great Britain.


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