Eastern Partnership and V4 countries counter disinformation

On February 13, 2019, Grigorij Mesežnikov participated in Tbilisi in the international forum EaP&V4 Countries Countering Disinformation, organized by the Civil Development and Research Institute (CDRI), Georgia as part of the project supported by the International Visegrad Fund (IVF). IVO is a partner of the project along with other V4 and VP non-governmental organizations.


In his speech and subsequent discussion in a panel on the spreading of false reports and public attitudes towards disinformation, IVO president focused on the historical and political narratives used by the authoritarian states in the region of Central and Eastern Europe.


 Programme of the event:


EaP&V4 Countries Countering Disinformation




Date: February 13, 2019

Venue: Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel

Tbilisi, Georgia




08:45 – 09:40 Registration

09:40 – 10:00 Official Welcome


Keynote Speakers


H.E. Ihor Dolhov, Ambassador of Ukraine to Georgia

Mr. Jíři Preclík, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of the Czech Republic to Georgia


10:00 – 11:30 Session 1: Disinformation - Global Threat to Democracy?


Moderator: Vasil Sikharulidze, Chairman, Atlantic Council of Georgia




Ø Nino Bolkvadze, Director, Information Center on NATO and EU, Georgia

Ø Giorgi Badridze, Senior Fellow, Rondeli Foundation, Georgia

Ø Shota Gvineria, Senior Fellow, Economic Policy Research Center, Georgia

Ø Peter Kreko, Director, Political Capital, Hungary


11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break



12:00 – 13:30 Session 2: Impact of Disinformation on the EaP&V4 Communities


Moderator: Irakli Porchkhidze, Vice-President, Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies




Ø Jakub Janda, Director, European Values Think Tank, Czech Republic

Ø Mateusz Bajek, Analyst, Global Lab., Poland

Ø Tamar Kintsurashvili, Executive Director, Media Development Fund, Georgia

Ø Alexandru Platon, Research Fellow, Institute of Public Policy, Republic of Moldova

Ø Ahmad Shahidov, Chairman, Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, Azerbaijan


13:30 – 14:30 Lunch


14:30 – 16:00 Session 3: Fake News and General Public: How to Stand Up to Disinformation?


Moderator: Giorgi Kldiashvili, Executive Director, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information




Ø Giorgi Targamadze, Founder, Georgian Strategic Analysis Center, Georgia

Ø Galyna Petrenko, Director, NGO Media Detector, Ukraine

Ø Grigorij Mesežnikov, President, Institute for Public Affairs, Slovak Republic

Ø Paata Gaprindashvili, Director, Georgia’s Reforms Associates (GRASS), Georgia

Ø Narine Khachatryan, Executive Director, Media Education Center, Armenia



16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break



16:30 – 18:00 Session 4: Disinformation and the Youth Resilience: Forging a New Generation of Leaders


Moderator: George Melashvili, President, Europe-Georgia Institute




Ø Eto Buziashvili, International Security Expert, Georgia

Ø Artsiom Sizincau, Journalist, Civil Society Research Center, Belarus

Ø Zviad Adzinbaia, Founder and Visionary at Temocracy, Georgia

Ø Jonas Syrovatka, Project Coordinator, Prague Security Studies Institute, Czech Republic

Ø Polad Muradli, Baku-based Independent Experts, Azerbaijan

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