CLABE, EIMP’s Spanish member, organized the first ‘Day Against Disinformation’ conference in Madrid on 17 October 2023, where the EIMP leadership had the pleasure to participate. The event was attended by a high number of ministers, parliamentarians, and high-ranking civil servants, as well as publishers, technology experts, and other relevant industry stakeholders. Sebastian Remøy, President of EIMP, introduced Spain’s Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, for a discussion on disinformation and conflicts.
The conference welcomed various institutional speakers, including Félix Bolaños, Minister of the Presidency of Spain; Fernando Grande-Marlaska, Minister of the Interior; Margarita Robles, Minister of Defence; Francina Armengol, President of the Congress of Deputies; María Lledó, Secretary General for the European Union in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Martyna Bildziukiewicz, Head of East Stratcom Task Force at the European External Action Service (EEAS). EIMP President Sebastian Remøy and Executive Director Mihailo Jovetic also attended an institutional lunch with Spain’s Minister for Culture, Miquel Iceta, including discussions on disinformation, artificial intelligence (AI) and the cultural sector, and the European Media Freedom Act (EMFA).
In his introduction of Minister of Defence Margarita Robles, who is also a judge, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, and parliamentarian, EIMP President Remøy underlined the importance of a healthy and reliable media landscape, along with a strong education system, in limiting the spread of disinformation and falsehoods. Technological revolutions have always brought challenges with them, from the invention of print, to the internet, and now with AI. Regulating new technologies is necessary, but guaranteeing a strong and diverse media is equally, if not more important for fighting disinformation, as it gives citizens the means to be well-informed about the facts and the truth.
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