Building resilience of Ukrainian fact-checkers in the fight against disinformation about the EU

Grantee: Madrid University Carlos III / Non-Funded Partner: The Media Reforms Center (Ukraine) / Grant: €54,405.70
  • Priority Area Boosting Fact-checking Activities in Europe
  • Funding Round / Action Types 3rd Funding Round – Urgent Actions
  • Year 2023, 2024
  • Country Spain
  • Project Status Ongoing

The war in Ukraine has intensified disinformation, including around the topics connected to the European Union. Russian propaganda is actively discrediting the EU, trying to undermine support for Ukraine from EU states and democratic values. Among the key narratives spread by Russian disinformation in Ukraine are those related to discrediting the European Union, humanitarian and military support of European countries, among others.

Based on the analysis of the StopFake database, the project will improve the detection and understanding of disinformation narratives related to the war in Ukraine and the attempts of Russian disinformation to discredit Western partners of Ukraine and the European Union in particular.

This project is a set of research, educational activities and knowledge transfer aimed at strengthening the capacity of EU and Ukrainian fact-checking organizations, public authorities, EU policymakers, universities, and NGOs. Thus, we aim to improve fact-checking skills and awareness among fact-checkers, improving media literacy, media education and capabilities to expose and counter disinformation among the general public, fact-checkers and journalists. This also includes developing outreach activities, such as joint events, professional consultations and an international conference.

Citizens of the EU and Ukraine in the target regions will get better access to professional and independent analysis of the impact of disinformation on society and professional journalism.

Our key to success is a combination of an excellent research methodology and transfer experience of scholars from UC3M Medialab and National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Mohyla School of Journalism), with practical fact-checking experience, as well as the database of the StopFake project – Ukrainian non-governmental organization Media Reforms Center.

Updated on 15 march 2023

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