Poland is building a team to identify and counter disinformation threats, a senior security official has said.
The president of the Polish Press Agency, Wojciech Surmacz, has said that Central and Eastern European media should be warning Western European countries against Russian disinformation about the war in Ukraine.
“Increased disinformation activities began with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian aggression in Ukraine only intensified them.
“The propaganda and disinformation related to the war in Ukraine will not disappear on their own, to fight with them, we need to educate the public, journalists and editors,” said Branka-Gabriela Vojvodić, President of the Croatian Press Agency (HINA) on Tuesday, during the international conference Media of the Future organized for the fourth time by the Polish Press Agency.
"The aim of disinformation campaigns is not necessarily to change the views or attitudes of their audiences, but to create a kind of chaos that prevents them from accessing verified data," said Alexandru Giboi, Secretary General of the European Association of Press Agencies (EANA).
Media of the Future is a conference that covered the most important topics of recent months—from combating disinformation, through changes in the media market, to the future of mass media in the face of war conflicts and technological transformation.
Participants in the fourth Media of the Future conference, organised by PAP, have highlighted the importance of joint action to tackle the problem of disinformation and fake news.
The Polish Press Agency (PAP) has joined 10 other organisations and institutions in signing a Good Practices Code for combatting disinformation.
PAP's news verification service, FakeHunter, has been providing readers with accurate information for two years and showing "in black and white" what is true and false, PAP CEO Wojciech Surmacz has said, marking its second anniversary.
Poland is the target of a Kremlin propaganda and misinformation campaign, the director of the country’s National Security Department has said.