Leipzig, May, 31th, 2017 (ECPMF/Dr. Lutz Kinkel). Do we say goodbye to facts? If this is the case: what are we dealing with then? Our society needs proper communications. If anyone can win an election by distributing “fake news”, democracy is in danger.

Already media freedom is at risk. All over Europe, journalists get intimidated, threatened and attacked just because they are doing their job: discovering the truth. In Germany alone, at least 19 media workers were attacked in the past year. You can read about this in our latest research report "The concept of the enemy II“.

In this context, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) organizes a conference on the theme “ Defending the Truth in a Post-Truth Era“, on June 13-14, in Leipzig, Germany.

International experts present case studies on how to combat and deal with “fake news“  - from forged war pictures from Syria to the creation of myths in the French election campaign. ECPMF will introduce “elves” from Lithuania who prevent “trolls“ from disseminating propaganda and smear campaigns in (social) media, and will introduce fact-checking tools for the verification of sources and pictures.

Come to Leipzig and join the discussion!


* The conference is free of charge. Please confirm your participation until June 5 via email to conference@ecpmf.eu.
* For more information and details on the programme, please visit the event website (https://ecpmf.eu/events/defending-the-truth-in-a-post-truth-era) .
* Please keep checking the conference website and the Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/430564520656568/) .
* The conference language is English.

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) unites journalists associations, publishing houses, academic institutions, trade unions and media rights experts to achieve the application of the European Charter on Freedom of the Press throughout Europe. Founded in 2015, it is registered as a European Cooperative Society and headquartered in Leipzig, with members/partners/supporters in 16 countries. The ECPMF provides news, analyses and tools on media freedom issues, coordinates its member organisations' activities and helps individual journalists under threat, for example through a residence programme and petitions.