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Challenging Misinformation

In Libya, the intricate strategy of media is employed by all sides of the conflict. In an environment infiltrated and suffused with local, regional, and international competition—perceptions of who did what, where, and how are impactful on the prospects of conflict mediation and a more elusive national resolution.

Foreign meddling in Libyan affairs also plays a substantial role in the deterioration of an independent media. From research on Libya’s media landscape conducted by MiCT in 2020, of the 20 largest TV stations in Libya, only 4 had no clear affiliation to a conflict party.

As social media conversations are overwhelmingly driven by reporting from the top TV stations, Libya’s media system exhibits a disheartening example of toxic media capture.

In response to the urgent need for Libyan journalists and media professionals to challenge the current information disorder, NAMA implemented a training program that provide solutions for detecting the validity of information and techniques for responding and processing false information, through 3 phases of training including misinformation, verifying visual content, and training of trainers on fact-checking.

This project combines theory with practice through the production of journalistic content that deals with the impact of information disruption on the lives of citizens, while simultaneously spreading knowledge on how to report on and expose such phenomena as they are circulated.