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False News and Disinformation

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Initiative to add 'content credentials' to digital images to avoid misinformation seeks Latin American media support

Faced with the disinformation created by images generated with artificial intelligence, a project led by Adobe seeks to implement a technological standard that provides data on the origin and alterations of digital content on the Internet. Although it is in its early stages, more than 50 news outlets and fact-checkers in Latin America have already joined as members.

Screen shot of Jovem Pan News broadcast during the invasion in Brasilia on January 8, 2023; caption reads "Demonstrators invade Congress, Supreme Court and presidential palace"

Unprecedented lawsuit threatens to shut down far right radio in Brazil, reigniting free speech discussion

A legal action that could take Brazil's radio station Jovem Pan off the air has once again fueled the debate on the limits of free speech. The lawsuit accuses the station of disseminating content that undermined the electoral process, incited civil disobedience, and promoted a coup. Experts weigh in on the case, highlighting the compatibility of the prosecution's claims with Brazilian legislation.

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New narratives of climate disinformation and safety for environmental journalists, some themes of the II Amazon Journalism Summit

Disinformation narratives that seek to delay actions against climate change, a communication initiative to train communities on digital security, and protection tips for journalists covering the Amazon were lessons learned at the II Amazon Summit on Journalism and Climate Change, organized by Fundamedios, in Ecuador.

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Repartiendo Verdades [Spreading truth], an initiative to combat hate speech and polarization in Bolivia through fact-checking

A project of Bolivia Verifica (Bolivia), with mentoring and support from Proyecto Desconfío (Argentina), seeks to promote dialogue, reflection and a culture of peace among Bolivian society by monitoring and verifying hate speech posts on social media aimed at vulnerable groups, and by distributing verified content through WhatsApp.

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Media literacy, journalistic collaboration and professionalization of the press: Areas to be strengthened to combat misinformation in Caribbean countries

Promoting media literacy in schools, stimulating collaboration among the region's media and journalists, and improving the training and working conditions of communication professionals are necessary measures to lessen the impact of misinformation in the Caribbean, according to a study.

Front cover of the Brasil Contra Fake website, launched by the Brazilian Federal Government (Image: Brasil Contra Fake website)

Brazilian government launches official fact-checking website and draws criticism from independent agencies

A new website launched by the Brazilian federal government with the official purpose of fighting disinformation through the use of language appropriate to fact-checking initiatives has prompted criticism from independent verification professionals and agencies, which see an undue appropriation of its format — which is, by principle, impartial and nonpartisan.

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In Venezuela, fact-checking coalition created to show how disinformation works

Venezuela has a favorable climate for disinformation and its government has taken advantage of the reach of social media to spread false information. A group of media and digital rights organizations have created the fact-checking network C-Informa to show how disinformation works in that country.

Covers of different newspapers of January 9, 2023 edition.

How to cover anti-democratic extremism in Brazil

Turning to experts, not normalizing anti-democratic attitudes, and providing the public with the necessary context about lies and misinformation are some pieces of advice from experts on how to cover acts by extremist groups, such as those that happened on Jan. 8, when former president Bolsonaro's far-right supporters stormed three federal buildings in Brasilia.

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Journalists of the Americas use collaboration as a weapon against disinformation

The 'Disarming Disinformation' series of master classes was held on Nov. 17 and 18. Craig Silverman (Propublica), Patricia Campos Mello (Folha de S. Paulo), Claire Wardle (Brown University), and Giannina Segnini (Columbia University) made up the 'dream team' of instructors. LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) attended the classes and presents a summary of the most important points discussed.

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Fake News bill gets stuck in Brazilian Congress and it’s unlikely to be voted on before the elections; remuneration proposal for journalistic organizations is a sensitive topic

Among other measures to curb the spread of fake news, the bill stipulates the remuneration of journalistic organizations by large technology platforms. Proposal divides Brazilian journalists.