False News and Disinformation

Former Presidents of the United States, Donald Trump, and of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, shaking hands at the United Nations headquarters in New York in September 2019. Trump appears energetic and emphatic, while Bolsonaro smiles

'There is a structural affinity between media and populist communication,’ says political scientist Paula Diehl

LJR presents an interview with Brazilian-German political scientist Paula Diehl, who has studied the relationship between the media and populism for over 20 years. According to her, simplification, dramatization and a taste for conflicts and scandals bring together the logics of populism and journalism.

What leads to journalistic error? Experts reflect on ethics of journalism in face of cases of false publications

In the midst of the infodemic, media and journalists are called to be a kind of guide for audiences. However, they sometimes still fall into unintentionally publishing false information. These errors make the need for spaces for reflection on the ethical principles of the profession, including its responsibility to audiences and democracy, even more urgent, according to ethics experts.

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Second 'More Women, Better Journalism' conference highlights journalists' 'social responsibility' in the face of AI and disinformation

At the second Ibero-American conference held by the Women In The News Network (WINN), journalists debated the impact of generative AI on newsrooms, the importance of journalistic ethics and how to rescue credibility of media outlets among the public.

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New map sheds light on the state of disinformation legislation in Latin America and beyond

LupaMundi, an interactive map from the Brazilian fact-checking agency Lupa, sheds light on the global state of laws against false information. Countries in Latin America generally don't have specific laws on the subject, and scholars warn of the risks of political manipulation of the issue.

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Latin American media associations support principles for ethical and fair development of generative AI

The IAPA, ANJ of Brazil and the AMI of Colombia are some of the more than 25 media associations from around the world that signed the Global Principles on Artificial Intelligence, which seek to guide the application of said technology in an ethical and transparent manner, and to protect the credibility and intellectual property of journalistic content.

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Voting authorities in Latin America join media and civil organizations against false news from political candidates

It’s not just media that combat disinformation, voting authorities in Latin America are also fighting the phenomenon. Ahead of October elections in Argentina, judicial authorities are collaborating with media and NGOs to fact check candidates. At the regional level, an inter-American observatory exchanges fact-checking experiences with media and social platforms.

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Experts discuss at Summit how disinformation impacts democracy, migration, health, and gender issues in Latin America

At the 2023 Global Disinformation Summit, journalists from various media outlets and organizations in the region highlighted the importance of identifying actors, regional patterns and business models behind disinformation campaigns that affect sensitive issues such as elections, migration, health, and gender.

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‘Lying machines’ book from Uruguayan journalist analyzes so-called fake news and post-truth

Journalist and researcher of media and digital platforms Daniel Mazzone analyzes the role of journalists in the face of fake news and a digital society. His book "Máquinas de Mentir [Lying machines]" uncovers new work perspectives from within the journalistic community and the structuring of a new contract with society.

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'Mercenaries' behind voting disinformation are investigated by network of Latin American media and organizations

The Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism published, in partnership with media and organizations, the project 'Digital Mercenaries': a series of more than 15 feature stories and a documentary. This investigation puts a face to political consultants who are changing the media agenda and voters’ opinions.

Journalists Mariana Alvarado, Daniela Mendoza, Edgar Zamora and María Teresa Juárez speak during a webinar.

10 tips on how Latin American journalists can combat ‘dangerous discourse’

In the last of four webinars of the Network for Diversity in Latin American Journalism, panelists shared key points to show how journalism can counteract dangerous discourse that creates disinformation. Among these points were the role of algorithms in spreading such discourse, how to avoid stigma and editorial strategies focused on diversity.