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Ružička: Disinformation Has Become Part of Daily Life and a Real Threat

Ružička: Disinformation Has Become Part of Daily Life and a Real Threat

13.4.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

The stakeholders of the security community held talks in Beladice on the need for a consolidated policy in the fight against disinformation.Yesterday (12 April 2019) State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic František Ružička opened the discussion panel “How to Create a Unified Strategic Communication under the Conditions of the Slovak Republic“ during the event entitled “Together on Security and Defense“ which was organized by the Slovak Security Policy Institute.

 

“Disinformation has become part of daily life and a real threat, which can also threaten the functioning of democratic institutions and the security of the state,” stated State Secretary Ružička during his address. “Returning to the clearly defined and socially respected foreign policy consensus, in line with the statements made by the three top constitutional officials from 2017, is the key to the strengthening of the international position and strategic interests of the state,” said the State Secretary. He also added that the decision of Slovakia to join NATO and the EU was one of the most important in the modern history.

 

“The importance of strategic communication and the fight against disinformation in the era of social networks and social media is increasing. Now 15 years after we joined NATO and the EU, it is necessary to revitalize the social memory and clearly recall why we became members of the structures that provide us freedom, opportunities for development, as well as security guarantees.  Slovakia is an integral part of the transatlantic sphere of civilization,” wrapped up Ružička.

 

The State Secretary also talked about the experiences of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic in strategic communication thanks to the events #MySmeEU (#WeAreEU) and #MySmeNATO (#WeAreNATO). He called upon a discussion for creating an effective coordination mechanism for the fight against disinformation based on social inclusivity and cooperation also with the use of the EU recommendations. However, he emphasized that the fight against disinformation cannot be allowed to limit democratic freedoms.