This year, the European Endowment for Democracy and its partners celebrated the International Day of Democracy online. The new format “the International Democracy Week” was a series of high-level events organised in collaboration with the European Parliament from 14 to 17 September. The partner organisations focused on what we can do to strengthen democracy and foster democratic innovation.
Speakers from across the world shared powerful stories of their challenging experiences trying to fight the spread of disinformation, debunk fake news and strengthen fact checking.
Sami Ben Gharbia, co-founder of the Tunisian collective blog Nawaat, highlighted how people are led through fake news. He is optimistic about the press but pessimistic about the audience. Ben Gharbia strongly believes in the future of dissident and constructive journalism and his mission is to give voice to the voiceless ad find the truth. Local media can reach the national authorities and reform jurisprudence thanks to whistle-blowers efforts.