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 DW Akademie, media development, conflict, disinformation, disarming disinformation

Good journalism counteracts disinformation. Independent media check facts, acting as a corrective to manipulative content. The invasion of Ukraine has shown that reliable information saves lives, while also showing that disinformation is a part of warfare.

Authoritarian regimes around the world are trying to sow hatred and uncertainty through targeted disinformation in order to undermine democracy and free elections.

Together with its local and regional partners, DW Akademie counters disinformation, not only in Ukraine and neighboring countries, but also in many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Disinformation in conflicts and crises
Digital authoritarianism

War, conflict and crises put a strain on free media — at a time when they are needed most

Disinformation, censorship, targeted attacks. As liberal democracies and autocrats clash, reporters and objective journalism are getting caught in the crossfire. The war in Ukraine shows that reliable information can save lives — but also that disinformation is a proven weapon of warfare.  

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Media and Information Literacy (MIL)

A key component in countering disinformation is Media and Information Literacy (MIL), which helps people distinguish trustworthy sources from propaganda. DW Akademie is therefore working to increase MIL in countries around the globe. And to better understand how exactly disinformation spreads and what narratives threaten to stick in people's minds, DW Akademie is also building new social media analysis skills through its partner organizations.