The Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) "Viitorul" is implementing the project "Supporting critical thinking and resisting disinformation in the Republic of Moldova" from January 2023 to October 2024. The objective of the project is to enhance the capacities of media institutions, civil society organizations and the Audiovisual Council of the Republic of Moldova in critical thinking, media literacy, analysis, resistance to misinformation and the coverage of public interest information in an unbiased manner.
The project will carry out a mapping of media institutions and civil society organisations active in the media space; a meeting will be organised with members of the Audiovisual Council of the Republic of Moldova to outline the main objective of the project. A study will be carried out on how the most influential media institutions in the Republic of Moldova cover internal and external issues affecting society from the perspective of misinformation, the presentation of fake news and the implications of these actions for the country.
Thirty-five representatives of media institutions, students of journalism faculties and civil society organisations will be selected for a comprehensive 20-session training programme. Participants in the training programme will have the opportunity to apply their acquired knowledge in practice and to develop 15 evaluations / case studies / assessments or analyses on topics concerning our society but related to misinformation, media literacy and critical thinking. A cooperation platform will be created and regular meetings will be organized to present monitoring reports and make recommendations.
The project also aims to develop 12 infographics based on relevant information contained in the results and findings of studies, analyses, case studies, etc.
A "red flag tool" will be developed by experts in the field in the form of a guide for journalists and media users, focusing on how to identify false information.
The project "Supporting Critical Thinking and Resisting Disinformation in the Republic of Moldova", implemented by IDIS "Viitorul", is financially supported by the Embassy of Finland in Bucharest.
IDIS "Viitorul" is an independent think tank established in 1993 that combines social, political and economic research with strong advocacy components. The institution conducts applied monitoring research in several areas: economics, social policy, EU policies, regional development, but also security and foreign policy risks.