The United Nations has designated 2nd November as a day against impunity for crimes against journalists. On this day the call on nations to condemn attacks on journalists and to bring the alleged perpetrators to justice. For more information and links see http://www.un.org/en/events/journalists/ This year UNESCO has launched a special campaign #TruthNever Dies It has profiles […]
A report from the US based Project information literacy which has implications for librarians and educators concerned with information literacy and the fight against fake news. During 2017/18 a sample of 5,844 respondents returned an online survey administered at 11 U.S. colleges, universities, and community colleges. Topics discussed include competency in evaluating sources and use of […]
Legislative Observatory on Freedom of Expression Latin America launched A special project of the the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) Buenos Aires, Argentina, The observatory is a tool for journalists, academics, legislators, and activists to monitor legislative developments and track the impact of internet regulation debates on freedom of […]
This aims to consider the question – how well do major media companies/news services cover science? The first report in the series is comprised of a content analysis of news reports about 165 scholarly studies in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post focused on the coverage of […]
A frightening new report from the Oxford Internet institute has a Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation. It found evidence of formally organised social media manipulation campaigns in 48 countries, an increase of 20 in the last year. One fifth of the manipulation recorded was via messaging apps.
Only 2% of children have the critical literacy skills they need to tell if a news story is real or fake
According to the final report from the Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills which was established by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Literacy and the National Literacy Trust. Almost two thirds of teachers surveyed felt this was increasing anxiety and effecting wellbeing in children. Results cover primary and secondary age […]
The Syrian Archive aims to support human rights investigators, advocates, media reporters and journalists in their efforts to document human rights violations in Syria. Its website collects reports of attacks on journalists and human rights violations. It now has a database of chemical weapons attacks materials. Currently verified 861 videos from 193 sources covering some 212 […]
2018 is the 25th anniversary and the focus is upon the rule of law. Find out more about the events on the UNESCO official website. These include a book on press freedom and the safety of journalists and other resolutions, papers and resources. The United nations website has links to related resolutions, reports and committee websites. […]
This week Freedom House Reports released Attacks on the Record – the state of world press freedom 2017/18.
A team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) cross-checked the spread of 126,000 stories on Twitter against a database of stories fact-checked by six independent organisations, including Snopes, Politifact and Factcheck. They discovered that untruths were 6 times more likely to spread faster: view the findings in Science magazine . Other new resources concerning about fake news include […]