Monday 28 September was the International Day for Universal Access to Information, and IFEX-ALC — the alliance of IFEX members in Latin America and the Caribbean — launched a new campaign to encourage critical thinking among users of messaging services and social media platforms.
Although disinformation has always been with us, the rise in popularity of these services and platforms has allowed rumours to spread to a much wider audience in a much shorter time.
Check out this op-ed by Alejandro Delgado, president of IFEX-ALC’s Coordinating Committee, for practical advice on how to spot disinformation, and the importance of checking the source and accuracy of information before sharing it.
Aside from prohibiting mass gatherings, the state of emergency decree imposed a nationwide ban on publishing and broadcasting news that could incite fear.
The undersigned organisations call for thorough and effective criminal investigations and prosecutions that ensure the whole truth is uncovered and all those responsible for Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder are held to account in court.
A joint oral intervention at the UN Human Rights Council expresses concern over Israel’s targeting of Palestinian rights defenders and specifically its intention to revoke the permanent Jerusalem residency of lawyer Salah Hammouri.
Experts in Africa have urged civil society and the public to maintain vigilance on the COVID-19 laws, policies and practices on data protection and freedom of expression adopted in their various countries in order to advocate for their repeal once the situation no longer demands such measures.
The website of ‘Correio Angolense’, one of Angola’s most respected independent online news sources, was targeted following the publication of an article about claims that President Joao Lourenço’s chief of staff had embezzled public funds.