Breakout session 1B

The (alternative) truth is out there

The seminar offers a worldwide resumé of how fake news affect our societies. Whether the manipulation of the truth is orchestrated by authoritarian governments, by contracted trolls, by extreme religious organisations, by social bots sending useless or false algorithms, by right wing extremist or just by individuals using an opportunity to make fast and easy money – the result is devastating. And this is even more true when quality media outlets themselves are being accused of providing fake news! And how has the mainstream media come to grips with this problem? What is the responsibility of Facebook and Google? And what are the best strategies to counter fake news?


Lina Ejeilat (moderator) – Co-founder and editor-in-chief of

Marcelo Rech – President of the World Editors Forum and the Brazilian Newspaper Association

Lina Attalah – Publisher of Mada Masr

Galina Timchenko – Founder of Russian language media outlet Meduza

Maria Salam – Digital editor at United News of Bangladesh

Twitter: #SIF17 together with #SIFB1

Location: Mässhallen