On November 2, 2023, the Mediterranean Digital Media Observatory (MedDMO) and the University of Cyprus participated in the first Cypriot-Estonian symposium titled “Cyprus and Estonia in the Face of Information Disorder: Media, Audiences, and State Institutions”. The event was organized by the Department of Communications, Centre for Communications Studies and Research at the University of Nicosia in conjunction with the Institute of Social Studies at the University of Tartu (Estonia) and the Cyprus Radio Television Authority.
The symposium was attended by experts and researchers from the University of Nicosia, the University of Cyprus, and the Cyprus Radio Television Authority, as well as Estonian researchers representing the Institute of Social Studies of the University of Tartu. On behalf of MedDMO and the University of Cyprus, lecturer Costas Constandinides delivered a speech entitled “The Role of Media Literacy in Combating Information Disorder: The Case of the Mediterranean Digital Media Observatory (MedDMO)”.
The symposium focused on and explored the challenges posed by information disorder within the context of the two countries. It addressed and discussed issues such as, among others, the proliferation of misleading information, the tendency for individuals to consume information from limited, unreliable, and contentious sources, as well as the lack of confidence in the trustworthiness of media sources.