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False narratives: Together against haters, deniers and deceivers.

15/05/2024 12/06/2024

Independent journalists, activists, intellectuals and expert researchers from different European countries will be invited to 3 online debates organised by Repubblika. The debates will give participants the opportunity to: share uptodate insights on trends in false narratives, propaganda, particularly state-mandated communication justifying war and conflict, hate speech, and anti-democratic discourse; jointly develop strategies to identify and combat false narratives; cement an alliance of solidarity between independent journalists and the rest of civil society to avoid their isolation in this context.

15/05, 6PM CET – Debate 1:  How false narratives are weaponized against gender and LGBTQIA+ rights through disinformation, hate speech and state propaganda, and what journalists and activists can do to fight back together.


  1. Rodrigo Cruz: he is a political sociologist and scientific collaborator at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) with more than a decade of research experience on social movements (particularly the LGBTIQ+ and conservative movements), gender and sexuality, digital technologies and international politics.
  2. Victor Ciobotaru: he is a human rights activist, part of the collective case Buhuceanu that sued the Romanian state at the ECHR, represented by Accept Association – the first NGO promoting and defending LGBTQIA+ rights across the country. As a phd candidate on political science, he is researching the impact of religious fundamentalism and the “gender ideology” discourse upon democratic values and human rights agenda within Romanian society.
  3. Louiselle Vassallo: she’s a senior associate academic in media and communications at the University of Malta. She also works as activist with Occupy Justice and as an author for the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom.
  4. SQUEERt collective: a collective based in Padova, Italy, with the objective of delving into and confronting issues surrounding women’s identities and queer existence, tackling discrimination, violence, and patriarchal oppression head-on, with the hope of recognising and dismantling them.

After a brief presentation of the project, the moderators – Valentina Zoccali and Oliviero Aseglio from S-Com – will give the floor to the speakers who will outline the situation of misinformation and propaganda on gender and LGBTQIA+ issues in their respective countries. The speakers will then engage on the topic and we will open the discussion to the public. 

Here’s the link to participate:

29/05 – Debate 2: How false narratives question the science of climate change, damage green activism and influence green policies, and what journalists and activists can do together to counter the falsehoods.

12/06 – Debate 3: How false narratives keep corruption and money laundering in the shadows, and how journalists and activists can team up to bring these criminal activities into the light of public awareness and the rule of law.

To take part in the debates, you need to send an email to