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NEW PUBLICATION: Are public officials’ lies unsustainable or do they have far reaching effects? A study on the obligations of the government and its officials to prevent the proliferation of disinformation

Fecha: (8/23/2021 10:13:57 AM)

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Montevideo, Uruguay. A study, entitled The mistruths of public officials. What are the short and long term effects? A study on the obligation of the State and its officials to avoid the proliferation of misinformatiom, undertaken by the IIHR Regional Office for South America and directed and coordinated by the Center of Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) of the University of Palermo, Argentina, was published this week. This publication is a contribution to the work of Al Sur, a consortium of academic organizations that collaborate with civil society in Latin America to strengthen human rights in the region by digital means.

The study concludes that little has been done to locate the origin of disinformation or to evaluate the phenonomen in light of the specific obligations of certain sectors of the population and that there is a duty on the part of public officials to be truthful in their speeches and other utterances.  These obligations open the possibility of studies that would seek solutions to the dissemination of misinformation and the wrongs that it produces in the public forum.  

The publication is available at: https://www.palermo.edu/Archivos_content/2021/cele/papers/Disinformation-and-public-officials.pdf