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Information Sharing & Countering Disinformation

Freedom of expression, access to information - notably on public health -, and quality news coverage are essential to face the unprecedented crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

More than ever, the world needs professional journalism and reliable information to adapt its response to the spread of COVID-19, organize itself, learn from other countries’ experiences and counter the increase of rumors and disinformation.

In particular, UNESCO promotes Open Education Resources (OERs), networks of fact-checkers, media and information literacy (MIL) resources to counter the spread of disinformation, the use of digital technologies such as artificial intelligence in response to the crisis, as well as highlighting the importance of documentary heritage in past efforts to fight pandemics.