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Tetyana Lokot, MEDIATIZED EU Project Coordinator, joined a high-profile panel discussing state and media efforts to combat disinformation amid Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine at the 10th Lviv Media Forum in Lviv, Ukraine, on May 16-18, 2024. She discussed MEDIATIZED EU insights about dominant anti-EU discourses in European media and the role of political elites and state policies in both enabling and pre-empting the circulation of manipulative narratives about the European project.

“Why are some narratives more persistent than others? The in-depth analysis by MEDIATIZED EU researchers finds that the most stubborn misinformation often latches on to long-standing concerns and uses them to frame distorted or clearly false discourses about key events and to assign blame. Such narrative frames are conserved and reactivated depending on the evolving context: for instance, in Europe we’ve seen a reactivation of discourses around migration, economic or political autonomy, or threats to national identity posed by the EU’s normative power”.

The panel, titled “Do Nations Fail to Fight Disinformation?” was organised in cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and speakers, in addition to the MEDIATIZED EU PI, included Marie-Doha Besancenot, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy; Anayit Khoperia, Head of the Department for Countering Information Threats to National Security, Center for Countering Disinformation at the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine; and Min Hsuan Wu “Ttcat”, Taiwanese activist, co-founder and CEO of the Taiwanese organization DoubleThinkLab.

Lviv Media Forum, the largest media conference for media professionals in Eastern and Central Europe, was organised in one of Lviv, Ukraine’s largest bomb shelters and focused on the theme “Common Language for Common Sense: Search For Meaning in Polarized World”.Find out more about the key themes and speakers here.

Image: Ira Sereda / Lviv Media Forum