Information Platform Against COVID-19 Misinformation

On September 1, the Democracy Research Institute launched the "Identify Misinformation" project, starting online media monitoring to identify false information related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

An active misinformation campaign in social and online media has been a major challenge related to the Covid-19 pandemic in Georgia. Due to the abovementioned, providing information to the ethnic minorities living in Georgia in their mother tongue is of particular importance in order to lower the risks of spreading the virus.

The aim of the project is to increase awareness of reliable sources of information among ethnic minorities living in Georgia by identifying and monitoring false news spread online and on social media. In the scope of the project, 2 media monitoring research reports will be prepared. The reports will be distributed in Georgian, Russian, Armenian and Azerbaijani in regions densely populated by ethnic minorities.

In the scope of the project, the Democracy Research Institute plans to launch an active information campaign in collaboration with local media outlets in areas inhebited by ethnic minorities to ensure that the material created under the project reaches the target population. With the support of civil society activits, communication with regional community centers will also be ensured. The material created through the information/online campaign will be spread through Democracy Research Institute main facebook page and Armenian, Russian, and Azerbaijani pages created in the scope of the project “Information Accessibility on All Languages”.

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The project was implemented with the support of the Prodemos Foundation within the framework of a small grant competition "Beware, Misinformation". The material created and opinions expressed by Democracy Research Institute in the scope of the project might not represent the opinions of the donor organization.