Fake news has vastly increased since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and, as a result, has led to the panic of the citizens. Fake news and disinformation entered the cycle of the increased flow of information during the pandemic, which further perplex and obscure the collective action on the prevention of Covid-19. Therefore, through this project, Internews Kosova will continue to provide reliable information, improve the quality of authorities by keeping them accountable for their statements and raise awareness to the general audience regarding the facts related to the virus.
The project intends to address issues that have arisen with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, akin the limited capacity of hospitals, corruption growth and the spread of fake news. This will be achieved through identifying, fact-checking and reporting investments in the health sector, accurately reporting from the hospitals, monitoring and reporting on public and private laboratories and reporting of the wrongdoings in the overall health sector in Kosovo.
Through this project, BIRN Kosovo intends to provide public speaking trainings, online assistance and technical support to teachers prior to e-learning unit filming thus, contributing to the development of the education sector in Kosovo regardless of the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project intends to promote and strengthen accountability and transparency from governmental institutions by addressing political, economic and social issues through a collaborative engaging format, in which members of different communities come together and engage in dialogue with each other. Moreover, it aims to bring together Kosovo’s different communities together through intercommunity dialogue in order to support peace and stability in Kosovo.
The goal of this project is to contribute towards diminishing both motives and incentives for radicalisation, which can lead to violent extremism. Particularly important is institutions' ability to empower young people and shape societal environment to successfully prevent violent extremism. This includes the social and economic inclusion of returnees, prisoners, and their families.
The project aims to create incentives for both journalists and the general public to report on legal violations and possible misuses of authority during public procurement processes, including acts of corruption and money laundering. More efficient auditing mechanisms can help bring transparency and accountability, which in turn will help lower corruption and other violations that pose a hugerisk to the good governance.
The project intends to restore trust in media and maintain news streams that provide objective, fact-checked and professional reporting by bringing together the wider community of journalists and media professionals, media outlets, civil society, young media talent and the public in order to increase awareness, recognition and support for professional journalism as a means of solidifying the foundations of a sustainable democracy in Kosovo.