News agencies declare war on fake news

The Polish Press Agency is one of 13 pan-European news organisations calling for a united stand against fake news. /PAP

Press agencies across Europe have joined forces to fight against the increasing threat of fake news.

In a joint declaration, the agencies, which include the Polish Press Agency, said that they would not only “develop effective tools and rules for empowering internet users and journalists to tackle disinformation” but also “promote trustworthy media, and educate users on how to navigate the digital environment.”

Below is the full resolution adopted by the 13 agencies.

THE RESOLUTION

UNITED AGAINST FAKE NEWS

After taking part in The International Conference “News Agencies vs Fake News” organized by The Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) on the 3-4th of December 2018 in Tirana, we have agreed to cooperate on the following guidelines, described in detail in the explanatory statement attached to The Resolution.

We share similar views on how we should act in unity and, while recognizing our diversity, have agreed, in particular, to:

● Direct cooperation between news agencies for news verification and the rapid discovery of fake news.

● Develop effective tools and rules for empowering internet users and journalists to tackle disinformation.

● Promote trustworthy media, and educate users on how to navigate the digital environment.

● Enhance the transparency of online news through the involvement, and consistent development, of professional journalism.

● The protection of the diversity and sustainability of the real news media ecosystem.

We urge all news agencies, no matter if they are state or privately funded, as well international associations of news agencies, to join us in adhering to The Resolution.

Initiators:

ATA - Albania, ANA MPA - Greece, HINA - Croatia, BTA - Bulgaria,  AZERTAC - Azerbaijan, PAP - Poland, AGERPRES - Romania, TASR - Slovakia, UKRINFORM - Ukraine, CNA - Cyprus, FENA - Bosnia and Herzegovina,  TANJUG - Serbia, AA - Turkey.