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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

 

FORUM

 

Date: February 13, 2019

Venue: Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel

Tbilisi, Georgia

 

Programme

 

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

 

Speakers:

 

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

 

Speakers:

 

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

 

Speakers:

 

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

 

Speakers:

 

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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