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This Congress is part of a project titled:

Building resilience of Ukrainian fact-checkers in the fight against disinformation about the EU

Information about the project

Disinformation is one of the most important threats to democracy.

The war in Ukraine has intensified disinformation, including around the topics connected to the European Union. Russian propaganda is actively discrediting the EU, trying to undermine democratic values and the existing order, as well as to impact EU support for Ukraine. This project is a set of research, educational activities and knowledge transfer aimed at strengthening the capacity of EU and Ukrainian fact-checking organizations, public authorities, EU policymakers, universities, and NGOs. We aim to improve fact-checking skills and awareness among fact-checkers, improving media literacy, media education and capabilities to expose and counter disinformation among the general public, fact-checkers and journalists.

This also includes developing outreach activities, such as joint events, professional consultations and an international conference. Our key to success is a combination of an excellent research methodology and transfer experience of scholars from Madrid University Carlos III – Medialab research group, and National University of 'Kyiv-Mohyla Academy' (Mohyla School of Journalism), with practical fact-checking experience of StopFake (run by Ukrainian non-governmental organization Media Reforms Center.)

Project team members

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Madrid University Carlos III

  • Daniel Catalán (principal investigator) 

  • Carlos Elías

  • Uxía Carral

  • Felipe Nuñez

  • Andrea Langbecke



  • Viktoriia Romaniuk (project coordinator)

  • Yevhen Fedchenko

  • Olga Yurkova

  • Olena Churanova

  • Ruslan Deynychenko

This project is financially supported by the European Media and Information Fund which is funded by the European University Institute and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, as well as Google as a donor.


The Research Group "Analytics, Media and Public Engagement: Communication, Journalism and Technology Laboratory" (UC3M MediaLab) responds to the growing need to study the media and public discourse under the influence of technological advances in the information society. Fields such as the influence of social networks on public perception, citizen participation, disinformation, crisis communication, big data, STEM vocations and data journalism will be areas of analysis that will be applied to various extents of society such as politics, economics, law, science, health, environment, ethics, international relations, etc.

The members of the UC3M MediaLab study and analyze the behavior of traditional and digital media, journalistic coverage of relevant and sensitive issues for society, as well as the influence of communication technologies on public perception and citizen participation in public debate.

The group is composed by academics, researchers and doctoral students with multidisciplinary profiles from the fields of communication, journalism, science and technology as well as legal and social sciences. The members are participating in several European, national and regional research projects such as the Jean Monnet Chair “EU, disinformation & fake news

About UC3M MediaLab

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About StopFake

StopFake refutes disinformation and misinformation about the war against Ukraine by debunking false news in Russian media, as well as informing journalists and audiences about ways and means to combat propaganda. The purpose of the project is to monitor, verify, fact-check and debunk fake stories as a part of disinformation coming from state and non-state actors. was created in 2014 when Russia’s war against  Ukraine began and the propaganda war between Russia and the West has intensified dramatically.

StopFake team was among the first to adapt already existing fact-cheking instruments to tackle disinformation and build resilience against disinformation through what we call MAD (monitoring, archiving and debunking).

During 9 years StopFake has accumulated a huge experience, collected examples of Russian disinformation, mapped the distribution ecosystem of disinformation and its impact on audiences.

Since 2020, has been a member of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).


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