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Vikes seminar on disinformation 12. November in Helsinki

Warm welcome to Vikes’ seminar of disinformation asking one of the crucial questions of our era: How to Tackle Fake News and Information Warfare in the EU? The aim of the seminar is to identify different forms of influence operations and their consequences for the freedom of expression, as well as to find measures for tackling the hybrid threats. Vikes is organizing the seminar in cooperation with the Union of Journalists, and it is part of Vikes’ 15th anniversary festivities.

Venue: Eurooppasali, Malminkatu 16, Helsinki
Time: 12.11.2019, 12.30–16.30


Coffee and registration 12.30


Opening words by journalist Johanna Vehkoo

Unbeatable battle? In search of answers for EU in the era of information warfare and hybrid threats 

  • Teija Tiilikainen, Appointed Director of  The European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

Panel discussion: Disinformation and disruption in elections – who influences whom?

  • Naja Bentzen, Researcher, European Parliamentary Research Services
  • Mikko Salo, Founder of Faktabaari (FactBar)
  • Jussi Toivanen, Leading Communications Specialist, Prime Minister’s Office

The importance of media literacy and critical thinking: Can we learn to recognise the truth from lies?

  • Kaius Niemi, Editor-in-Chief of Helsingin Sanomat, Member of the Finnish National Commission for UNESCO


Break 14.45–15.00


Journalism in crisis – how to reinforce trust in journalism during the post-truth era?

  • Maria Pettersson, Editor-in-Chief of Journalisti Magazine
  • Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists
  • Olli Seuri, Journalist & Professor of Practice in Journalism in the Tampere University

Panel discussion: Endangered democracy? The rise of populism and the consequences for free press in Europe and in Africa

  • Sergiy Tomilenko, President of The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine
  • Sengiyumva Gasirigwa Mwita, National Director of MISA Tanzania
  • Gulnara Akhundova, Head of Global Response Department, International Media Support IMS
  • Hanne Aho, President of The Union of Journalists in Finland

Conclusion by Johanna Vehkoo & Auli Starck, the director of the Finnish Foundation for Media and Development (Vikes)

16.30–18.00 Vikes’s 15th anniversary festivities


This seminar is supported by the Europe Information of Finland.

Please, download the seminar programme (pdf).

Please note that participation to this seminar requires registration. Seminar registration is open until 31st of October, or until all the seats are taken. If you are unable to attend the event you may follow the seminar online. The link to live stream will be published on this page on the seminar day.