Fake News’ Threat to Democracy: A Report from Europe’s Borders

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Fake news is a problem that has been in the spotlight since the 2016 US presidential elections. Since then, the negative effects of fake news and the role of social media have also been increasingly recognized in Europe. A lively social and political debate has begun about the causes and effects of fake news – about the trolling factories that appeal to the imagination – and about the ways in which it can be effectively combated. That the solution has not yet been found may be clear.

To provide insight into the different ways countries are affected by fake news and how they actively combat this, the European Liberal Forum (ELF) is organizing a Ralph Darendorf Roundtable on the subject. Experts from organizations from Georgia, Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina will shed light on the situation in their country.


  • Welcoming remarks: Coen Brummer, director of the Mr. Hans van Mierlo Foundation, think tank of D66.
  • Jasper Zuure, Senior Consultant at the Dutch Council for Public Administration and author of the essay collection “#Woest – De kracht van verontwaardiging”.
  • Medeni Sungur, Executive Director of the Freedom Research Association from Turkey.
  • Amer Tikvesa, from the Boris Divkovic Foundation from Bosnia Herzegovina.
  • Tamar Giorgobiani, Executive Director of the Free Democratic Institute from Georgia.
  • Moderator: Desiree Hoving, science journalist.

About this programme 

This program is organized by the European Liberal Forum (ELF). Supported by the IDI / D66 International Foundation, co-financed by the European Parliament.


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