“Fake news”, the dissemination of disinformation and propaganda through traditional and online media and the associated negative repercussions for the freedom of expression were the focus of the 14th South Caucasus Media Conference, which took place on 10-11 May in Tbilisi.
More than 80 journalists and representatives from governments, NGOs and academia from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, along with international experts from Lithuania and the Russian Federation, participated at the two-day event. They elaborated several possible approaches to tackle these issues and stressed the need to abide by international commitments regarding the freedom of expression, including media freedom.
The annual conference serves as a forum to discuss contemporary challenges to freedom of expression, including freedom of the media, in the OSCE region in general and in South Caucasus in particular.
Took active part in the conference, Head of Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Dr. Ahmad Shahidov spoke about freedom of the media, as well as mentioned the reasons of wide spreading of “fake news” and blackmail information in traditional media and social networks and talked about ways to combat it. Stressed that Armenia regularly propagandise using false informations, human rights defender accused official Yerevan of escalation of tension in the region.