The increasingly complex Russia-Ukraine conflict has spiralled into military actions, sustained by hybrid attacks and threatening global security and democratic values. This includes coordinated, state-controlled disinformation campaigns and influence operations targeting both the Russian population and the public opinion in neighbouring countries, the European Union and beyond.
In such a critical context, debunking activities by independent fact-checkers need to be strengthened with a view to ensuring a continuous, in-depth and fact-based analysis of the information conveyed by media and shared across online communities regarding the causes, motivations, developments and effects of the conflict, as well as the actors influencing its evolution.
For this reason, EMIF has decided to update its open call “Boosting Fact-Checking Activities in Europe” by further specifying its objectives.
Under Priority (a) – “Urgent Actions” – in Section 1 of the call, EMIF has invited applicants to submit proposals designed to increase the coverage, depth, and speed of fact-checking activities in connection to critical events, including public security crises, which may be likely targets of disinformation campaigns. In line with this general objective, and without prejudice to proposals addressing other relevant urgent actions under the above-mentioned priority, EMIF would welcome projects by organisations that commit to produce regular flows of fact-checks focused on the current Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Proposals should be aimed at enhancing fact-checking activities around the most relevant narratives, while following their evolution and spread during the whole duration of the project, and striving to identify the sources of disinformation, main vectors and targets. To this end, applicants may contemplate collaborations with fact-checking and media organisations and/or journalists operating within the conflict areas. Costs pertaining to such collaborations will be considered as eligible. All other conditions set out under the open Call “Boosting Fact-Checking in Europe” will remain unchanged.