In the context of the celebration of the Human Rights Month this December, the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines will hold a media literacy webinar titled “Countering Infodemic in this Pandemic” on 14 December 2020, 4- 6 p.m., to shed light on the current state of play in disinformation in the Philippines and the practical ways to counter it.
With the global epidemic comes misinformation spreading through social media platforms, further aggravating the situation. Exposure to misleading or outright false information erodes trust among citizens, institutions, and even in media. It also abets in undermining democracies by impeding the ability and right of citizens to make informed decisions. Most importantly, it impairs freedom of opinion and expression—a fundamental right enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
The EU endeavors to tackle the spread and impact of online disinformation and to ensure the protection of democratic systems by creating awareness and deeper appreciation about best practices in countering fake news.
“The EU recognizes that journalists and information officers play a critical role in helping the public know how to act against fake news in the country, especially in these trying times,” said Thomas Wiersing, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to the Philippines. “We would also like to encourage them to become ‘infodemic warriors’ in both the traditional and the digital platforms.’’
The webinar will feature a distinguish roster of speakers who will share their expertise and insights on the state of play of disinformation in the country: Democracy Reporting International co-founder and executive director Michael Meyer-Resende, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Manny Mogato, and ANC anchor and 2020 Marshall McLuhan fellow Christian Esguerra. Manila Standard News Editor Joyce Panares will serve as the moderator, encouraging a healthy discourse among the speakers and invited journalists from the Philippine media and international publications and organizations.
Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 16 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and media literacy and over 26 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.
She is a co-founder and a member of the editorial board of Blog Watch . She is a resource speaker on media literacy, social media , blogging, digital citizenship, good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and cyber safety.
Her personal blogs such as aboutmyrecovery.com (parenting) , pinoyfoodblog.com (recipes), techiegadgets.com (gadgets) and benguetarabica.coffee keep her busy outside of Blog Watch.
I am an advocate. I am NOT neutral. I will NOT give social media mileage to members of political clans, epal, a previous candidate for the same position and those I believe are a waste of taxpayers' money.
I do not support or belong to any political party. I was part of accredited media covering the Office of the Vice President and Leni Robredo as she ran as a presidential aspirant in the 2022 National and local elections.
On August 5, 2021, YouTube announced that I was selected as one of 50 Program participants of its Creator Program for Independent Journalists
She was a Senior Consultant for ALL media engagements for the PCOO-led Committee on Media Affairs & Strategic Communications (CMASC) under the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council from January 4 -July 5, 2017. Having been an ASEAN advocate since 2011, she has written extensively about the benefits of the ASEAN community and as a region of opportunities on Blog Watch and aboutmyrecovery.com.
Organization affiliation includes Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation
Updated June 6, 2022