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SASNET researchers presented collaborative project in Belgium

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Vibodh Parthasarathi and Andreas Mattsson participated in a panel talk at the Press Club in Brussels on May 13. The panel talk was moderated by Jean-Luc Racine.

SASNET affiliated researchers Vibodh Parthasarathi and Andreas Mattsson recently participated in two seminars in Belgium on media challenges in the Indian and European elections.

Vibodh Parthasarathi and Andreas Mattsson, program director at LU School of Journalism, participated in a panel talk at the Press Club in central Brussels on May 13. The discussion was led by Jean-Luc Racine, Emeritus CNRS Senior Fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies (School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences -EHESS- Paris), and focused on the role of media when India and Sweden go to the polls. During this panel talk, several discussions around the role of false news, des- and misinformation, and the role of the media organizations were discussed.

On May 16 Institute for Media studies at KU Leuven hosted a brown bag seminar entitled "Truth-Tellers and News: Perspectives on India and Sweden" where Andreas and Vibodh shared their experiences of cross-country research in the field of digital journalism. They also presented the pedagogical concept on "pop-up newsroom" which they previously have worked together to resist false news and introduced the Swedish concept of 'sanningssägare', literally 'truth tellers' in order to broaden the understanding of so-called 'fake news'.

Vibodh Parthasarathi is currently a Visiting Fellow at Metaforum, KU Leuven, and on extra-ordinary leave from Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi. Andreas Mattsson is the program director and a lecturer at School of Journalism at Lund University.

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Andreas Mattsson in discussion with Leen d’Haenens, Full Professor at the Institute for Media Studies at KU Leuven and other faculty members after the brown bag seminar on May 16.