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Friday, November 17 • 15:45 - 17:00
Fighting Fake News

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A blizzard of fake news and propaganda has descended on the world's media, distorting public debate and causing a credibility crisis for legitimate journalism. We've seen from Brexit and the  Trump campaign to the Kenyan elections what serious impact this can have. The actors range from political propagandists and fast-money infowarriors to government-sponsored troll factories. 

What are the best strategies to fight back against this torrent of misinformation? How can investigative journalists keep their credibility and compete with people who lie and propagandize for a living? Here are journalists on the front lines in Latvia, the Philippines, South Africa and the U.S. who are dealing with this pressing issue. 


Leon Willems

Senior Advisor International Partnerships, Free Press Unlimited
Leon Willems is Senior Advisor International Partnerships at Free Press Unlimited, a Netherlands based international Press Freedom Organisation working in over 50 countries globally, focusing on media in shrinking civic space and the resilience and viability of journalism. Free... Read More →

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Arta Giga

Editor/Producer, Red Dot Media
Arta is the leading TV producer of investigative journalism in Latvia. Currently, she is the executive editor of Neka Personiga(Nothing Personal), an investigative journalism program that airs on commercial television. Prior to that, she worked in the Latvian Public Television... Read More →
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Lee Mugambi

Deputy editor, Africa Check
Lee Mwiti is deputy editor of Africa Check, the continent's first independent, non-partisan fact-checking organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa.Previously he was deputy editor of the Mail and Guardian Africa, the pan-African arm of the respected South African publisher... Read More →
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Maria Ressa

CEO, Rappler, The Philippines
Maria Ressa co-founded Rappler, the top digital only news site that is leading the fight for press freedom in the Philippines. As Rappler's CEO and president, Maria has endured constant political harassment and arrests by the Duterte government, forced to post bail ten times to stay... Read More →
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Anya Schiffrin

Director, TMaC, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
Anya Schiffrin is the director of SIPA's International Media, Advocacy and Communications Specialization. She spent 10 years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia, writing for a number of different magazines and newspapers. She was bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires... Read More →

Friday November 17, 2017 15:45 - 17:00 PST
Wits Science Stadium - Auditorium 5 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg