The Interamerican Institute for Democracy (IID) and El American announced the signing of an agreement in defense of freedom, democracy, and institutionality, and in the fight against disinformation in the world and mainly in the region.
This Tuesday, June 28, in the framework of the forum “The role of disinformation in the political culture of the Americas,” the IID and El American strengthened ties to promote libertarian thought and unmask the fake news that emerges every day both in social networks and in the media.
“We are eager to continue reading El American, because what we need is information,” said Tomás Regalado, president of IID during the signing of the agreement.
“It is an honor for us to be here with you and to take this important step of El American signing this agreement with The InterAmerican Institute for Democracy,” said Jorge Granier Phelps, president of the media outlet.
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“The American was born to defend the ideas of freedom, equality before the law, and private property, the work we are doing as journalists to unmask the lies of the left and all the disinformation to which we are being exposed is very important,” added Granier Phelps.
“Now with this agreement, IID and an unparalleled roster that has fought for freedom throughout its life come together,” he said.
“The fact that this project (EL American) that we have built today achieves such a significant alliance is very gratifying because IID has always been a great reference for those of us who fight for freedom,” said Orlando Avendaño, editor-in-chief of the media outlet.
“El American is born with the intention that from facts we can dismantle the false stories and false narratives that build wrong perceptions and end up influencing people’s bad decisions,” he added.
The agreed agreement raises the realization of joint events, the dissemination of libertarian content, and the joint work of unmasking the two of them those who proclaim disinformation.
“It is an agreement to do what the institute is proposing, and it coincides with El American in defending principles and values. We defend freedom, democracy, and human rights, we defend institutionality. But it is not only about defending, but we also have to disseminate and educate these principles and values, and this means communicating,” said Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, executive director of IID.
“If we fail to communicate these principles and values, we are going to be overtaken by those who misinform. Our task is not to oppose anything, but to disseminate principles and values that far outweigh the impostures and dynamics of disinformation that are too often imposed,” he added.
The role of disinformation in the political culture of the Americas
During the first joint forum, renowned journalists from the region were speakers at the Forum “The Role of Disinformation in the Political Culture of the Americas,” in which they explained how the mass media have become political instruments.
“The media are ideological instruments and shape the way people think about reality and what they believe is right and wrong,” said Vanessa Vallejo, editor-in-chief of El American, during her presentation at the forum.
“We live in a hypermediatized society where in reality people do not have a clear identity, but are more the concept of ‘mass men’ where even consciousness itself comes to be modified because now those who educate us to a certain extent are the media,” added Vallejo.
“So, the role of the information that the media and journalists can give is fundamental because people decide based on that reality, that is why if there is a fight that we have to give at this time is that of the media, how we inform people,” said the journalist.
Sabrina Martín Rondon is a Venezuelan journalist. Her source is politics and economics. She is a specialist in corporate communications and is committed to the task of dismantling the supposed benefits of socialism // Sabrina Martín Rondon es periodista venezolana. Su fuente es la política y economía. Es especialista en comunicaciones corporativas y se ha comprometido con la tarea de desmontar las supuestas bondades del socialismo