Especially during events like the protests in Belarus, we can see the utmost importance of quality journalism, including public media, of providing objective information that educates and explains, not obfuscates. Every democratic country must protect its independent and public media and their hardworking journalists.
Social media platforms and big tech companies can and should do more to safeguard the stream of verified information and official news sources from fringe websites and online conspiracy theories. Even those who make the effort to obtain quality information can drown in the flood of disinformation and manipulative narratives and cynically feel that nothing can be trusted. Then the truth just seems further relativized.
The non-governmental sector and journalists should pour their resources into investigating the sources of disinformation channels and websites as well as their financial and personnel structures. Their high production values and daily multitude of new articles suggests significant manpower and hefty coffers. To do right by the people of Central Europe, these authors should be identified and exposed for their malicious activities.