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Facts under attack - protecting fact checkers from legal threats

Monday, June 29

11:00 - 12:00 EDT / GMT-4

World Clock

Live-Private

Padraig Hughes | Media Defence and the Fact-Checkers Legal Support Initiative
Thanos Sitistas | Ellinika Hoaxes


In recent years there has been an increase in the spread of misinformation, disinformation, and fake news online. This has led to a growing demand for fact-checkers to verify information in the public sphere and ensure its accuracy. The importance of this function has been amply demonstrated in the ongoing COVID 19 public health crisis. With the emergence of more fact-checking organizations there has been an increase in legal threats against them.

This panel will discuss how fact-checkers can use international legal standards on freedom of expression to push back against legal threats and defend themselves from litigation that can often be characterized as vexatious and intimidatory.

The panelists will discuss their experience of litigating cases involving fact-checkers, and how the international legal framework can provide greater protection for an industry that is playing a central role in ensuring dissemination of accurate and truthful information into the public domain – panelists include Media Defence and FLSI Legal Director, Padraig Hughes, and Thanos Sitistas, Senior Editor of Greek fact-checking organization, Ellinika Hoaxes. The panelists will speak for 15 mins each followed by a 20-minute question and answer session. The panel will be chaired by Saba Ashraf of Media Defence and the FLSI.


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This session is only available to the registered participants of the conference. If you are a registered participant, you should have received an email with instructions how to participate in the session.

If you have any questions, please reach out to factchecknet@poynter.org