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Event: Fake news in the Western Balkans: tackling disinformation at the sidelines of the European Union (15 March 2023)

Date: 15 March 2023
Time: 11:00 – 13:00
Location: Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, room “Salle des examens” (2nd Floor)

The Engage research lab  (Universtié Saint-Louis – Bruxelles), together with the team EDMO BELUX were pleased to welcome Alban Tartari, associate professor in the department of journalism and communication at the University of Tirana.

On this session, Prof. Tartari delivered a talk focused on disinformation production and circulation in the Western Balkans (WB), taking into account the outside influences of foreign countries in said processes. EU is not a solitary player in the WB anymore. Countries like Russia, China, Arab states, etc. are present there though investments, media, NGOs and charities. This region is waiting for more than two decades at the gates of EU, which is losing its attractiveness. And, when EU is not there, the others will be. At the other side, WB region is also a producer of fake news. Recently, young people, which do not have the possibility to find a job, use this choice to be engaged in the market, or try to migrate to EU countries.

Prof. Tartari was visiting Engage and Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles in the context of the International Staff Week from 13 to 17 March 2023.

Engage researcher Victor Wiard introduced and moderated the talk and following debate.

You can take a look at the presentation slides here (pdf).