Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia: COVID-19 disinformation in the Caucasus
Please join the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 EDT (13:00 CEST) for a 360/Virtual event focused on COVID-19 disinformation narratives in three South Caucasus states.
As South Caucasus nations deal with both the novel coronavirus pandemic and a COVID-19 fueled infodemic, it is crucial that people have access to trustworthy reliable and accurate information in order to understand and respond to the crisis. However, a surge of false and misleading information is adversely affecting this process and undermining societal resilience amid the pandemic.
Governments’ actions amid the COVID-19 infodemic in the South Caucasus have been mixed: detention of citizens for spreading COVID-19 disinformation in messaging apps and social media; enforcement of restrictions on the coverage of coronavirus topic in the media due to the “risk” of spreading disinformation and ill-justified restriction of individual freedoms of citizens. This 360/Virtual event will gather experts from Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia will discuss COVID-19 disinformation trends observed in the South Caucasus information environment and transparency of governments’ decisions in the course of the crisis. Speakers will also touch upon the issue of accessibility to independent reporting on governments’ responses to the crisis and will provide their insight as to whether COVID-19 measures adopted by authorities comply with democratic standards or border authoritarian tactics.
Research Associate, DFRLab
Research Assistant, DFRLab
Media Initiatives Center
Ambassador Batu Kutelia
Atlantic Council of Georgia