BIRN Kosovo Holds Training on Critical Thinking and Fake News

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On October 30, BIRN Kosovo organised a simultaneous online and face-to-face training session for students of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Kosovo. Around 15 students participated in the face-to-face session, with another 15 students participating online.

The focus of the training was on strengthening critical thinking, protective mechanisms against defamation and slander, combating fake news, and ethical reporting.

The session was led by Kreshnik Gashi, anchor of the Justice in Kosovo television program, and Labinot Leposhtica, the legal office coordinator at BIRN Kosovo.

Gashi discussed the evolution of the media, provided participants with techniques to help stay safe on social media, and described the role of algorithms on social media.

He also outlined the impact that reporting by the Kosovo media had on the reintegration process of those affected by violent extremism, specifically those returned from fighting in Syria and Iraq, and the families that have been affected.

Gashi emphasised the importance of fact-checking, as, when done correctly, it fulfills the media’s role of serving the public interest.

Leposhtica explained Kosovo’s media code of ethics, the legislation governing the media, and the meaning of freedom of speech on social media. He added that the role of the media is to inform readers and viewers correctly, promptly and in accordance with international media standards, as well as to prevent the incitement of discrimination and intolerance on social media.

This training was organised within the “Consortium: For a sustainable community” project, which is funded by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, GCERF.