Last updated 6 months ago by UtrechtCentral.com
The COVID-19 pandemic has far reaching and profound consequences. It goes without saying that the crisis has changed the world as we know it. One area which has been receiving significantly more attention is the media.
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The answer is simple: no. The World Health Organization has created an extensive list called “Mythbusters.” The aim of this page is to debunk widely circulating myths surrounding the pandemic. This is part of a global campaign designed to fight back against misinformation.
UNESCO’s fight against disinformation
Misinformation refers to spreading false information without the intention to cause harm. Disinformation, on the other hand, is the spread of false information with the intention of causing harm. Now, more than ever, both of these dangerous types of information can reach millions of people in an instant. Authorities today need to fight both a pandemic and the misinformation that accompanies it.
To aid in this fight, UNESCO urged for a global effort to translate the 2018 book entitled “Journalism, fake news & disinformation: handbook for journalism education and training,” available online for free. In this book, expert authors share their knowledge and advice on combating the spread of false information.
Utrecht University answers the call
Berit Zandbelt and Koen Leurs, associated with Utrecht University, completed the Dutch translation for the book. This is a significant step, as it offers media professionals and educators in the Netherlands an extra tool to wield in the prevention of misinformation.