Set to counter disinformation

13.07.2021, Luxembourg, RTL Luxembourg

RTL Luxembourg is one of the co-founders of the European Digital Media Observatory for Belgium and Luxembourg (EDMO BELUX), a new digital media and disinformation hub. 

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EDMO BELUX is an EU-appointed hub for research on digital media and disinformation which will gather a network of more than 100 disinformation experts, set to launch in October 2021. The cross-community, multilingual collaboration hub based in Belgium and Luxembourg and will operate in Dutch, French, English, German and Luxembourgish.

RTL Luxembourg will focus on detecting disinformation campaigns, verifying facts and disclosing analyses. RTL Luxembourg will also be active in the field of media literacy to raise public awareness and counter disinformation.

The mission of EDMO BELUX is to bring together an unprecedented and extensive network of experienced fact-checkers, media, disinformation analysts, media literacy organisations to detect, analyse and expose emerging harmful disinformation campaigns. The fact checks and investigative reporting will reach first responders to disinformation in order to minimise the impact of disinformation campaigns. EDMO BELUX will raise awareness among citizens and empower them through media literacy campaigns. By conducting multidisciplinary research, EDMO BELUX will monitor the impact of disinformation and platform responses on democratic processes.

EDMO BELUX has already set targets for its first thirty month of operations: the hub will publish 800 fact checks in five languages, conduct open source intelligence investigations on disinformation campaigns, develop and implement media literacy activities at community level and deliver annual cross-community audience studies on impact of disinformation campaigns, as well as annual assessments of effectiveness of platform responses to disinformation. 

In addition to RTL Luxembourg, the members of EDMO BELUX include Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles, Mediawijs, EU Disinfolab, Agence France-Presse and Athens Technology Center, with support by RTBF. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel will coordinate EDMO BELUX. It is one of eight projects to have received EU funding to set up national and multinational observatories to counter disinformation. Exchange of knowledge and practices among project partners and the EDMO network is paramount to effectively and efficiently counter emerging disinformation campaigns in Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union at large.


Contact
For more information or requests about, please contact Steve Schmit at RTL Luxembourg (steve.schmit@rtl.lu) or the EDMO BELUX lead coordinator, Trisha Meyer (trisha.meyer@vub.be).

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