Misinformation trends in countries like India and Brazil can be bellwethers for problems the United States is likely to experience in the 2020 elections and beyond. That was the warning from ICFJ-affiliated panelists at the opening session of the Online News Association’s conference in New Orleans.
Journalist Verah Okeyo, one of the first recipients of the inaugural ICFJ Alumni Reporting Grants, didn’t just notice that fellow Kenyans were frustrated with their medical care — she believed news outlets in her country were failing to comprehensively cover the health issues people were facing.
In 2017, Indonesia held one of its most polarized regional elections ever and news outlets found themselves at a loss for ways to counter the wide circulation of false information. But by the 2019 presidential election, an Indonesian publisher had developed a dynamic platform to help citizens distinguish lies from truth with help from ICFJ Truthbuzz Fellow Astudestra Ajengrastri.