A new AFP website will help combat disinformation in Hungary.
The new site, lakmusz.hu, is the first of its kind in the country and a partnership with local news site 444.hu and Media Univeralis Foundation, which is linked to Budapest-based Lorand Eotvos University.
The project is co-funded by the European Union, with initial plans for it to last 15 months.
Agence France-Presse brings the knowhow to train local journalists, helping them to develop their own digital verification production. It is also contributing to fact-check production in Hungary that feeds into a common website dedicated to the project.
The public can also access this site that allow them to familiarise themselves with digital verification.
Global news director Phil Chetwynd says AFP is proud to be participating in the initiative to help in the fight against disinformation in Europe, “a major challenge for our democracies”.
AFP and Magyar Jeti Zrt, the publisher of 444.hu, Qubit.hu and Lakmusz.hu will work closely with their university partner, which will handle research work on the issue of disinformation and the ways to deal with them.
The main idea will be to allow media practitioners and researchers to tap on their respective experiences to develop a culture of combating disinformation in the country. To this end, a conference on the subject in Hungary, as well as several activities aimed at the Hungarian public, are also planned.