"It is in times of uncertainty that quality journalism has a role to play"

UNESCO Handbook Journalism, 'Fake News' and Disinformation

UNESCO-Handboek Journalistiek, nepnieuws en desinformatie in Nederlandse vertaling

Houseflies and 5G mobile networks do not spread COVID-19 and eating garlic or drinking bleach does not prevent or cure the virus either. The World Health Organization has put these Mythbusters online because, in the words of WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, "we are fighting not only a pandemic, but also an infodemic".

Fake news © iStockphoto.com/RichVintage
© iStockphoto.com/RichVintage

Following the outbreak of corona, and this infodemic - in other words, the large-scale circulation of disinformation - UNESCO called for a worldwide translation of Journalism, 'Fake News' and Disinformation: A Handbook for Journalism Education and Training. Berit Zandbelt and Koen Leurs, both associated with Utrecht University, provided the Dutch translation, which has now been published in open access.

Governing the Digital Society

Koen Leurs is connected to the focus area Governing the Digital Society. Central to their research effort is the strengthening of independent and public institutions in the digital era by making them more transparent, accountable, and responsible.

Read more about their translation and the reason for the Dutch translation in Dutch.