This project addresses disinformation campaigns related to the pandemic and the post-war situation, and the general situation regarding disinformation and anti-democratic narratives in Armenia. One of the aims is to contribute to the delivery of evidence-based, accurate information, and to counter disinformation which is used to discredit democratic values and threatens public health and democratic development.
The pandemic, among other difficulties and challenges, has negatively influenced the opportunities for public to receive accurate information, which is frequently manipulated by anti-democratic partisan forces. For that purpose the project will be developing and providing COVID-19-related information to public and government authorities. In doing so, the project is also expected to have its contribution in providing the aggressive decentralised and united response by civil society against intentional disinformation. The team will conduct analysis, research and educational activities for civil society, policy community and youth.
The project included series of trainings on research design and methodology, media literacy, effective communication, and ways of dealing with hate speech. Six groups of young researchers and representatives of youth's, women's and regional NGOs took part in the traning sessions.
The trainings' purpose was to develop the participants' skills, enabling them to do their own research and to promote media literacy initiatives. The trainings' outcomes and the participants' feedback will contribute to the development of proposals of expanded media literacy courses.
The project is implemented with financial support from the Open Society Foundations - Armenia.
Project outcomes will mostly be published in Armenian, but some materials in English may be available on this page later.