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09.04.2018

Fact-finding mission Baltics report is out: "journalism is journalism, and media is media"

End of January 2018, EFJ and ECPMF went on a joint fact-finding mission to the Baltics. In Lithuania and Estonia, representatives of the media freedom organisations met with journalists, business people and the authorities. The mission was triggered by the question if disinformation and fake news could destabilise the region.

FFM Report Baltics

The Baltics were chosen in the wake of a wave of disinformation spread by Russian specialists during the US election campaign. The question, whether the comparatively small societies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania could be polarised and destabilised by so-called fake news, was on the table. This seemed to be even more likely as all of them have Russian-speaking minorities in their countries, the largest in Estonia, which reaches approximately 30 per cent of the population. Could this minority be undermining the democratic discourse on the outskirts of Europe? How does the media system - highly concentrated and operating within a very liberal framework - react to this threat?

Please find here the report: Mission to Tallinn&Vilnius

The mission participants included ECPMF managing director Lutz Kinkel, EFJ director Renate Schroeder, and EFJ vice president Nadezda Azhgikhina. 

And please find here the mission's press release "No fake news, but blurring lines between journalism and advertising"


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