Fake news and the Balkans

Written by on April 3, 2018 in Europe - Comments Off on Fake news and the Balkans

The latest Media Literacy Index (2018) published by the Sofia-based Open Society Institute headed by the Hungarian-American investor and business magnate George Soros, titled Common Sense Wantedlooks at the extent to which hoaxes make the public in 35 countries surrender to them and why.

“The countries with the lowest results are in Southeastern Europe – from Croatia to Turkey- along with their immediate neighbours Hungary and Cyprus.” The reason for poor results has to do with bad “or mediocre performance in education as well as the controlled (not free) media. Such countries are most likely to be vulnerable to fake news and the ensuing negative effects.”

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