Today, through a video conference, the Minister of Defence, Radmila Shekerinska, participated as a keynote speaker in the conference on “Media Literacy and the fight against disinformation during a pandemic”, organized by the association “Why not” and “SEECheck Network”, with the support of the European Union, and was opened by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell.
“The fight against disinformation has grown into one of the key security issues, not only in the region, but globally as well. It is especially evident today, when during a pandemic, the flow of true, factually accurate information is key in the fight to reduce the effects of the coronavirus and save lives”, said Minister Shekerinska at the panel entitled “Brussels”, which was also participated by the former Croatian Foreign Minister, MEP Tonino Picula.
The Minister also referred to the need for maximum active transparency in the institutions, as a way for full access to accurate information for citizens, which, in turn, reduces the harmful impact that can be caused by fake news.
“The Ministry of Defence has made great efforts to increase its active transparency, which means proactive disclosure of information, which also serves as a basis for fact-checking. The defence, which is generally considered a more closed area, is in first place in North Macedonia in terms of transparency, of all institutions at the state and local level”, the Minister said.
Regarding the ways to fight disinformation, as one of the tools for creating a society and citizens resistant to disinformation, the Minister singled out media literacy, which should be part of the educational process.