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ARTICLE 19, DW launch online course on misinformation and Fact checking

ARTICLE 19 is working to ensure freedom of expression and the right to information

Update : 26 Dec 2022, 06:08 PM

ARTICLE 19, the UK-based international human rights organization and German leading media development organization DW Akademie has launched second batch of the online course titled “Misinformation and Fact checking: Media Information Literacy”.

ARTICLE 19 is working to ensure freedom of expression and the right to information.

The course is designed to create awareness and make responsible producers of information as well as to foster the ability of critical thinking to enrich and build general skills of the news and information consumers to understand and find out the correct information, says a press release issued on Monday.

The course will enhance the capacity of the course participants regarding safe and responsible users and producers of information. Also, they will learn about safe and responsible communication especially in online communication, digital literacy, digital citizenship, digital etiquette, copyright, etc.

Anyone can attend this course free of cost. Specially, students of communication and journalism, journalists from print, electronic and online media; online activists and social media users will find the course interesting and useful. 

Faruq Faisel, regional director of ARTICLE 19 South Asia, said: “The global media situation is changing rapidly and Bangladesh is not free from this influence. Online and social media in particular are becoming increasingly popular and important as a source of information and expression. But at the same time, those involved in the use of this medium are at various negative and sensitive risks. Notable among these are rumors, use of fake information, dissemination of intentional information, dissemination of hateful information, etc.”

“Lack of media information literacy knowledge puts ordinary citizens, including journalists and social media users, at physical and legal risk. Without mass media literacy, any ordinary citizen, including journalists and social media users, can be misled by misinformation. Therefore, in order to overcome this situation, it is necessary to make the new generation of journalists and ordinary citizens, including the users of social media, efficient and aware”, he added.

By doing this course students will be able to verify the veracity of news, misinformation and rumors, biased and intentionally disseminated news and produce quality information themselves. It will also contribute to enable the reader's ability to acquire correct information and will develop a conscious and responsible audience. 

The course is offered in Bangla and will begin on January 03, 2023 for 5 weeks. Anyone on desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone with internet connection can do the course at their convenience. 

For registering, one has to go to the link https://banglatutorial-media.org/.  Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an accomplishment certificate from DW Akademie and ARTICLE 19.

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