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EDMO BELUX in detail

Monitoring disinformation in Belgium and Luxembourg

Partners

EDMO BELUX is a cross-community, multilingual collaboration between Vrije Universiteit BrusselUniversité Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, DPA, Lie Detectors, Média Animation, EU DisinfoLabAgence France-Presse, RTBF, RTL Luxembourg and Athens Technology Center.

The Belgian Radio-Television of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (RTBF) is an autonomous public cultural enterprise, active in television, radio, ​the web and social networks. Its missions are defined around two axes; the needs and expectations of French-speaking Belgian citizens, and its desire to inform, entertain and educate. RTBF info department’s primary mission is to certify information and to place investigation at the heart of its approach.

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AFP

AFP is a leading global news agency providing fast, comprehensive and verified coverage of the events shaping our world and of the issues affecting our daily lives. Drawing from an unparalleled news gathering network across 151 countries, AFP also is a world leader in digital verification with specialized journalists in nearly 80 countries.

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AJP

The Association des Journalistes Professionnels (AJP) is the professional union that promotes and defends professional French- and German-speaking journalists in Belgium, as well as the quality of information. It has 2,000 journalist members from all general news media. The AJP is active in all areas of interest to journalists: access to information, ethics, professional status, relations with the political and judicial authorities, conditions for producing information, etc. In addition to the services it provides to its members, over the last thirty years the AJP has also developed a media education operation: « Journalistes en classe » (“Journalists in the Classroom”), which brings professional journalists into contact with 10,000 pupils and students every year. The AJP is a member of the Conseil supérieur de l’Education aux médias (CSEM) of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

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ATC

Athens Technology Center, a tech expert on fighting disinformation. ATC coordinates the SOMA project, operating the European observatory against disinformation. ATC will set-up and operate a secure online platform supporting the detection and analysis of disinformation campaigns.

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DPA

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) is one of the world’s leading independent news agencies. dpa supplies media, companies and organisations with editorial content in seven languages. dpa has an independent fact-checking editorial team that produces about 2000 fact-checks per year in three languages – German, Dutch and French. The team of around 30 fact-checkers is certified by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) and the European Fact-Checking Standards Network (EFCSN).

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Engage

Engage – Research Center for Publicness in Contemporary Communication investigates the way social actors engage with each other and with society at large, with an emphasis on questions of media, communication, and discourse. Engage is part of UCLouvain and is located in the Campus Saint-Louis, in the heart of Brussels.

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EU DisinfoLab

EU DisinfoLab is a young independent NGO focused on researching and tackling sophisticated disinformation campaigns targeting the EU, its member states, core institutions, and core values.

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Lie Detectors

Lie Detectors is an independent, award-winning and journalist-driven media literacy organisation that works to counter the corrosive effect of online disinformation and polarisation on democracy. To do this, Lie Detectors trains and empowers young people as well as teachers to tell fact from fake online and understand how ethical journalism works and to build such skills into classroom routines. Training for children is free of charge and available in English, French, German and Polish.  Lie Detectors contributes research and findings from its practical work into advisory and policy-making processes including as a member of the 2018 EU High-Level Expert Group on Fake News and 2022 EU Expert Group on Digital Literacy. Lie Detectors is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium and receives core funding from the Wyss Foundation. Several of its projects are funded via EU grants, including EDMO BELUX and VOICES.

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Média Animation

Média Animation is a non-profit organisation recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Education that provides training and produces tools for adult audiences: teachers, youth and adult leaders. Its mission is to train and produce tools to promote critical thinking and message production in a media society through different themes: fake news, conspiracy theories, advertising, gender stereotypes, audio-visual production… Média Animation is a member of the Higher Council for Media Literacy (Conseil Supérieur de l’Education aux Médias) which promotes education in all educational sectors in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

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RTBF

The Belgian Radio-Television of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (RTBF) is an autonomous public cultural enterprise. Active in television, radio, the web and social networks, RTBF is an actor in its community and a driver of expression and development of its audiences. RTBF’s primary mission is to confirm and certify information before explaining it and putting it into perspective by placing the investigation at the heart of its approach.

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RTL Luxembourg

RTL Luxembourg is the leading media and news brand in the Grand-Duchy, with a major footprint in TV, radio and digital. The public service broadcaster RTL Luxembourg provides the local audience with quality programmes in news, sports, culture and education since more than 50 years.

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) coordinates the EDMO BELUX project. Within the VUB, EDMO BELUX is a joint venture between the Centre for Digitalisation, Democracy and Innovation (CD2I) at the Brussels School of Governance, and the Centre for Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology (imec-SMIT).

Concrete actions

In the first thirty months of its operation, the hub will publish 800 fact-checks in five languages, conduct OSINT (open source intelligence) investigations on disinformation campaigns, develop and implement media literacy activities at community level in three languages and deliver annual cross-community audience studies on impact of disinformation campaigns, as well as annual assessments of effectiveness of platform responses to disinformation.

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