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UNESCO combats the disinfodemic

Distinguishing between facts and rumours, learning to search for, and evaluate, online content, identifying sources – the need to take a critical look at information has never been more crucial in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and its trail of false news about the disease.

For years, UNESCO has been promoting media and information literacy, especially among teachers. Online courses that are free and open to everyone are available for self-learning. Since 2012, the Global Media and Information Literacy Week has been an opportunity to promote this critical learning and the diversity and pluralism of content.

Organized by the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Alliance, it brings together over 600 organizations in more than eighty countries. The theme of the 2020 edition, held in October, was “Resisting the disinfodemic”.


Growing up in the age of fake news, The UNESCO Courier, April-June 2021


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