Countering fake news

29.01.2018, Luxembourg, RTL Group

Sonja Schwetje, Editor-in-Chief of N-TV, is among the 39 experts appointed to the new High-Level Expert Group on online disinformation established by the European Commission. 

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The High-Level Expert Group on online disinformation comprises representatives from civil society, social media platforms, news media organisations, journalists and academia. It will advise the Commission on scoping the phenomenon of fake news, defining the roles and responsibilities of relevant stakeholders, grasping the international dimension, taking stock of the positions at stake, and formulating recommendations. Its inaugural meeting was held on 15 January 2018.

Besides Sonja Schwetje, Editor-in-Chief of N-TV, who will represent RTL Group, the group also includes representatives from Bertelsmann, Sky News, Google, Twitter and Facebook. Schwetje is a member of the RTL Group News Synergy Committee. In this capacity she has experienced first-hand the major concerns of RTL Group broadcasters’ editors-in-chief and heads of news regarding this important issue. Highly committed to responsible journalism, Schwetje has developed a professional, but also personal interest in tackling fake news. Together with Mark Evans, Head of News at Enex, she is therefore one of the two members of the Synergy Committee that have been tasked with proposing a common RTL Group action framework on the issue of fake news.

Sonja Schwetje, Editor-in-Chief of N-TV © N-TV / Hardy Welsch

Sonja Schwetje says: “RTL Group is committed to working closely with the European Commission on tackling fake news and other inappropriate content as it is becoming increasingly problematic for a democratic debate. We are therefore participating in the High-Level Expert Group on online disinformation with the aim of making a valuable contribution to this important topic. As Europe’s leading broadcaster, we strongly believe that our views, expertise and analysis of the current situation will help the European Commission come up with the right policy interventions. It´s a pleasure to working with the other members of the High-Level Expert Group, hearing their views and jointly developing action plans and targeted solutions against fake news.”
Sonja Schwetje, Editor-in-Chief of N-TV, gave a keynote presentation at the RTL Group CR Network Meeting in October 2017 on the topic ‘news in a post-fact era’ Using the example of N-TV’s news coverage on a case of child abuse, Sonja Schwetje explained the function of website algorithms during her keynote presentation “The only thing that helps prevent spreading fake news is: check your facts!”, said Sonja Schwetje in conclusion of her keynote presentation Infographic of the development of the High-Level Expert Group

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