Congratulations to the people of South Africa for the strength of your democracy!

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16 May 2019, News 24, Martin Schäfer

I was particularly impressed that the IEC introduced new, innovative instruments that I believe we Europeans can learn a great deal from. Take the important issue of “fake news” and disinformation surrounding an(y) election. What is fact and what is fiction when it comes to social media? What is truth and what is propaganda, possibly peddled to derail elections and mislead voters? To tackle this problem, the IEC cooperated with media research organisation Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and set up an online complaints platform – the Real 411 – where people were able to lodge suspected cases of “fake news” and disinformation.

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