The European Commission recognises that disinformation poses major risks to European democracies and societies, and it needs to be addressed in order to preserve European values and freedoms. Fake news undermine the trust of citizens in democracy and democratic institutions and contribute to the polarisation of public views. Considering this, it is crucial to teach people how to assess critically content, especially online, and make them more aware of the phenomenon of disinformation, how it can interfere with democracy and human rights.
In this respect, READ TWICE will counter disinformation and limit the spread of fake news by enhancing citizens` skills to assess critically information, identify vicious and harmful media content and distinguish between facts and opinions, thus improving their media literacy competences. The project consortium involves organisations coming from both countries with high and low media literacy capacity. To ensure exchange of knowledge and best practices, and transfer of know-how two international capacity building trainings are envisaged – in Portugal and in Germany. The events will aim at improving the capacity of 30 young media practitioners to identify disinformation and implement state-of-the-art practices for media literacy.
Furthermore, 9 media literacy trainings for university students, 3 seminars for local stakeholders and multipliers in the field of media literacy will take place in Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia thus involving almost one thousand people. In addition, an international webinar will increase the access and use of digital tools for countering disinformation and social media campaign “Read twice, don`t repeat lies” will encourage citizens stop, read again and check if the information is accurate and reliable before sharing it. At the end the project, an international conference will take place in Brussels capitalising lessons learnt and promoting active participation in the EU policy making process.
Maria José Brites (Portuguese Coordinator), Ana Filipa Oliveira (Co-coordinator), Margarida Maneta & Vanessa Ribeiro-Rodrigues