The Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) in collaboration with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Penplusbytes and DW Akademie, has organised a workshop for bloggers, freelance journalists, and other content creators such as social media influencers, on the theme: Resisting Disinfodemic, Media and Information Literacy for Everyone and by Everyone.
The workshop which took place on October 28, 2020, at the premises of the Ghana Institute of Journalism is to mark the Global Media and Information Literacy week.
Participants were educated on the need to propagate quality information as well as actively contribute towards curbing misinformation, disinformation as well as malinformation.
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Speaking at the workshop, the Head of Communications Department at GIJ, Dr Lawrencia Agyepong, reminded producers of content and associated channels of their role as the main controllers of information. She noted that false information results in the degradation of public trust in media and State institutions, which in return could undermine democracy by amplifying social division and wreaking havoc in the society.
A Senior Lecturer at the GIJ, Mr Ansong Boateng who was a speaker at the workshop, educated the participants on the processes involved in identifying fake news, as well as the need to fact check information efficiently.