Disinformation is a pressing issue not only for North Macedonia, but for the other Western Balkan countries as well. This was one of the conclusions of today’s panel discussion “Building Social Resilience to the Harmful Effects of Disinformation”, organized by the Metamorphosis Foundation within Media Literacy Days.
Filip Stojanovski, Partnership and Resource Development Director in Metamorphosis, emphasized that networking at the national and regional level is important for capacity building, but it is also a form that provides synergy, i.e. the sum of joint efforts is much greater than a simple sum of individual efforts in regard to disinformation.
In the fight against disinformation, it is necessary to work comprehensively, engage all stakeholders and approach all target groups in the society. This country has a great susceptibility to disinformation among the population, and simultaneously there are huge efforts to utilize this by various promoters of harmful influences from abroad.
“For that particular reason, a group of organizations addressing the development of professional journalism and media literacy jointly launched an initiative that led to a set of recommendations for joint action. These 11 organizations submitted them to the main stakeholders, i.e. to the state institutions above all, with a request to launch an initiative to create a strategic framework for a fight against disinformation in this country, in which all stakeholders will be involved,” stated Stojanovski.
He added that joint and inclusive work is necessary for building the national strategy to combat disinformation.
“The representatives of state institutions accepted the messages and agreed to formally launch a process to build resilience against disinformation, and the next steps include an even more extensive consultation process to develop a strategic framework against disinformation,” he added.
The next steps will be developed depending on the will of the institutions, says Stojanovski, pointing out that he expects them to offer a specific schedule and infrastructure for the development of the institutions.
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