Free elections are the cornerstone of democracy, yet quite often candidates, political parties, and interest groups use disinformation strategies to sway the results one way or another. Misleading information and outright lies are common in election cycles across the globe. Voters in Europe, Asia, and Africa find it hard to get accurate information before they go to the election booth.
What is the role of media in countering disinformation and educating the public about the value of healthy information systems? How can journalists help their audiences bridge political divisions and seek facts beyond the glitter of emotional and misleading content?
During this online event, panelists will discuss the media’s response to disinformation and the detrimental trends that have emerged in electoral processes. The panelists are Todd Leventhal, senior counter disinformation adviser for the Global Engagement Center at the U.S. Department of State; Mwamoyo Hamza, chief of the Voice of America Swahili Service; Rohit Mahajan, vice president of communications and external relations at Radio Free Asia; and Michael Mirny, senior director of the Information and Media Practice at IREX. Inna Dubinsky, project manager at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, will moderate the discussion.