WHEREAS, the organizers of the Global Summit on Disinformation, the Inter American Press Association, the Proyecto Desconfío and the Fundación para el Periodismo de Bolivia, emphasize the need for a comprehensive approach in the fight against disinformation, involving governments, the media, technological platforms and society as a whole
WHEREAS that disinformation is a global phenomenon that conspires against democratic societies by undermining the debate of ideas and the search for consensus, and by tarnishing electoral processes
WHEREAS that the media industry can strengthen the confidence of its audiences by means of strategies that reflect transparent practices in the treatment of information and that, to this end, journalistic companies should incorporate and consolidate methodologies that allow them to create quality content and raise the credibility indicators of news stories
WHEREAS, fact-checking media as well as fact-checkers have an essential role in the analysis of public discourses, in the identification of patterns in the flow of digital content and in the distribution of verified information to audiences
WHEREAS there is broad agreement on the need to incorporate ethical guidelines in the media's use of AI, and stakeholders need to look closely at and evaluate the impact of AI on journalism
WHEREAS that the close linkage between the possibilities offered by AI tools and the phenomenon of disinformation has been demonstrated by various studies around the world, and that those who advocate the fight against the dissemination of false and misleading information should commit to researching and encouraging the use of the possibilities offered by AI in the early detection of pieces of disinformation.
THE 79th IAPA GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLVES
Urge governments to discourage practices that encourage the circulation of lies and deception, and not to become judges of truth or use their power of amplification to propagate false or misleading information
Emphasize that defamation campaigns against the media and journalists by governments should be monitored, denounced and sanctioned by multilateral agencies, public entities and civil society organizations, and that a multi-stakeholder effort is required to deal with this type of events
Urge governments and multilateral organizations to commit to transparency in public affairs and the defense of the right of access to reliable information, and that comprehensive and efficient public policies are required to address the problem
Urge the major technological platforms to implement concrete and effective actions to curb the circulation of false or misleading content, hate speech and conspiracy theories, since the measures applied so far have proven to be insufficient.