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IIHR/CAPEL participates in meeting on “The Impact of the Pandemic and Fake News on Elactoral Processes”

Fecha: (8/30/2021 10:01:09 AM)

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Quito, Ecuador. On August 17 and 18, 2021, the Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance of the IIHR (CAPEL) actively participated in a meeting on “The Impact of the Pandemic and Fake News on Electoral Processes,” together with electoral officials and staff of the Inter-American union of Electoral Bodies from different countries of the region.

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The meeting was inaugurated by representatives of the electoral bodies, among them Diana Atamaint, President of the National Electoral Council of Ecuador (CNE), and concluded with the “Multilateral agreement on combatting misinformation and fake news in electoral processes,” which was signed by the delegations present in Quito.  

During two days, experts discussed the following topics: regional good practices of fact-checking and actions against misinformation; the contribution of new technologies to the transparency of information and electoral processes; political violence of gender in the digital media; reporters’ and the media experience on misinformation and fake news in electoral processes and the construction of an integral education of the citizenry; informational and mediatric alphabetization for forming citizens and the taking of informed decisions in democracy and the construction and consuming of information with an ethical, cultural and social understanding.

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On the first day, Sofía Vincenzi (Coordinator of CAPEL) moderated a roundtable on the “Exchange of experiences of elections in the context of the pandemic and the identification of future challenges,” an exercise designed for electoral bodies that are holding elections in the near future.

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On August 17, Tasheena Obando lectured on “The future of electoral communication and the challenges of COVID-19” in the part of the agenda “to evaluate and identify possible public policies to implement to improve the communication of information during the pandemic.”

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