A delegation of the United Nations in Lebanon visited Friday Minister of Information, Manal Abdel Samad, at her ministry office, to follow up on an array of joint projects, especially the plan aiming to combat misleading and fake news.
The delegation comprised UNICEF’s Lebanon Representative Yukie Mokuo, WHO Representative to Lebanon Iman Shankiti, and UNDP Resident Representative for Lebanon Celine Moyroud.
The meeting comes within the framework of the partnership the MoI has concluded with the World Health Organization (WHO), the UNICEF, and UNDP, to raise awareness about coronavirus and debunk fake news and misinformation relevant to the novel disease.
Besides the awareness campaign, the partnership also consists of making a list of fake news touching on coronavirus, as well as organizing training sessions that involve editors and correspondents from the National News Agency to enhance their fact-checking skills. The trained team will then operate a fact-checking webpage that is being set up by the MoI, and which will be launched in mid-July.
Source: Ministry of Information, Lebanon