AEJ puts Bulgarian section’s chairwoman Irina Nedeva in charge of efforts against disinformation

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Irina-Nedeva_-AEJ-Bulgaria1The delegates attending the 2017 annual congress of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) mandated Irina Nedeva, chairwoman of the Bulgarian section, to coordinate the association’s work on countering fake news and propaganda.
During the congress, which took place on 17 November in Vilnius, Lithuania, and brought together more than 60 journalists, Nedeva presented the conclusions from the international conference on fake news which AEJ-Bulgaria and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation co-organized in Sofia earlier this month.
AEJ-Bulgaria’s work received high praise from representatives of AEJ’s sections across Europe and they eventually decided to put Nedeva in charge of coordinating the development of the association’s common position on the matter.
The congress included intensive debates with experts and practitioners on topics such as disinformation campaigns by Russian-controlled media and government-owned non-government organizations (GONGOs), the rapid spread of fake news from multiple sources, fact-checking and editorial integrity, and the uses and misuses of data journalism. The delegates also noted the public consultation on disinformation initiated recently by Bulgarian-born Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.