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World Editors Forum's Stephen Rae joins EU expert group on 'fake news'

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World Editors Forum's Stephen Rae joins EU expert group on 'fake news'

The 40-person expert group will advise the European Commission on all issues arising in relation to the spread of false information across traditional and social media and on how to cope with its social and political consequences.

It meets for the first time in Brussels on Monday 15th January.

Rae was invited to join the Group by the Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Roberto Viola. 

Commenting on his appointment, Rae said: “We have seen the widespread damage that can be done by the willful dissemination of false information on social media platforms.

“I look forward to meeting and exchanging views with my colleagues on the Expert Group as we advise the European Commission on dealing with this complex challenge, which has major social and political consequences for citizens.”

The group is chaired by Professor Madeleine de Cock Buning of Utrecht University. Other members are:

Markovski, Veni


Bechmann, Anja

Digital Footprints / Digital society

Nielsen, Rasmus

Reuters Institute for Journalism Oxford

Raag, Ilmar

Media executive

Jimenez Cruz, Clara

El Objetivo de Ana Pastor

Frau-Meigs, Divina

Sorbonne Nouvelle University

Pollicino, Oreste

Bocconi University

Vaisbrode, Neringa

Communication adviser

Rozukalne, Anda

Riga Stradings University

Bargaoanu, Alina

University of Bucharest

Turk, Ziga

University of Ljubljana

Curran, Noel


Gniffke, Kai


Schwetje, Sonja

RTL Group

Nieri, Gina


Stjarne, Hanna

Sveriges Television

Polák, Juraj


Whitehead, Sarah

Sky News

Goyens, Monique


Steenfadt, Olaf

Reporters sans frontières

Sundermann, Marc

Bertelsmann & Co

Von Reppert-Bismarck, Juliane

Lie Detectors

Mantzarlis, Alexios

IFCN Poynter

Salo, Mikko


Dzsinich, Gergely

ICT law

Riotta, Gianni


Niklewicz, Konrad

Civic Institute

Wardle, Claire

First draft

Dimitrov, Dimitar


MacDonald, Raegan

Mozilla Firefox

Lundblad, Nicklas


Stephen Turner


Richard Allan


Gutierrez, Ricardo

European Federation for Journalists

Leclercq, Christophe


Lemarchand, Grégoire


Rae, Stephen

Independent News and Media

Fubini, Federico


van Wijk, Wout

News Media Europe



2018-01-12 18:33

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