Discussion "Latvia’s Security in the 21st Century: Fake News - Smouldering Threat"

Along with the protection of their territory, sea border, and airspace, the countries in the world pay more attention to the security of information space as well. The panellists of the discussion will share their experiences on how so-called fake news are created and distributed and what are their impact on people and their perception of the world. The discussion has been organized by the Chancery of the President of Latvia in cooperation with Baltic Centre for Media Exellence.

Special guest, Russian publicist and journalist Artemyi Troitsky, will talk about how political forces use the differences of history and culture- created identities as a weapon for achieving their political goals.
Director of Sociological Research Center SKDS Arnis Kaktiņš will present the results of the first survey in Latvia on the population's susceptibility to fake news. Leading Expert of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence Guna Šnore will talk about how to recognise fake news and how they are created and distributed. Professor of the University of Latvia Žaneta Ozoliņa will analyse links between the informative attacks and a wave of populism, and their effects on the elections in Europe. Long-time Editor-in-Chief of newspaper “Kurzemnieks” Daiga Bitiniece will discuss sustainability of responsible journalism in rural areas and how the municipal newspapers impact on public debate. Founder of Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism “Re:Baltica” Inga Spriņģe will brief on why quality journalism is such an important tool in the fight against the propaganda impact.

The discussion will be moderated by Rita Ruduša, executive director of the Baltic Centre for Media Excellence.

Discussion will take place at The Festive Hall of the Riga Castle, Riga.