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‘Curbing Fake News Forum’ on July 15th at Grand Serail, under Information Minister’s auspices

Under the auspices and in presence of Minister of Information Manal Abdel Samad, organized by the Ministry of Information, the “Curbing Fake News Forum” will be hold on Wednesday July 15, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Grand Serail.

The Forum will tackle four main axes, with interventions from attending politicians, journalists and experts, in addition to interviews with people abroad via Skype.

Also, the forum will witness the launching of “factchecklebanon” webpage.

Live broadcasting coverage of sessions will be available on Télé Liban and the Ministry of Information’s social media accounts.


Following is the forum’s program:




10:30AM-11:15AM Debunking fake news


Moderator: Nada Saliba, Presenter at

Télé Liban, Lebanon


Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF Representative in Lebanon


Tara Fiscbach, Public Policy Manager for the Levant & GCC at Facebook , U.S.A


George Salameh, Head of Public Policy and Philanthropy (MENASA region) at Twitter, Egypt

Josette Abi Tamer, Fact-checker at AFP, Lebanon


Nabil Khoury, Psychologist, Lebanon

11:20AM-12:05AM Unhealthy News: COVID-19

Moderator: Nanette Ziade, Journalist at Radio Liban 96.2, Lebanon

Iman Shankiti, WHO Representative in Lebanon

Hamad Hassan, Minister of Public Health, Lebanon

Jad Melki, Researcher, Lebanon

Roula Mouawad, Journalist at Annahar, Lebanon (Not confirmed)

Ben Wedeman, Journalist at CNN, U.S.A


12:20PM-1:05PM Busting the lie: Theory and Practice

Moderator: Riman Daou, Presenter at Tele Liban, Lebanon

Hamad al-Hamami, Director of UNESCO’s Beirut Office, Oman

Cynthia Khoury, Public Information Officer at UNIC, Lebanon


Jean-Marc Mojon, Bureau Chief at AFP, Lebanon


Stephane Bazan, Digital Transformation and Empowerment Advisor, France


Derek Thomson, Editor in Chief at Les Observateurs de France 24, France(Not confirmed)


Moath al-Thaher, Fatabayyanu, Jordan (Not confirmed)


1:10PM-1:55PM Reduce the impact of the Rumors: Law and order


Moderator: Angelique Mouanness, Journalist at Radio Liban 98.5, Lebanon


Manal Abdel Samad, Minister of Information, Lebanon


Celine Moyroud, UNDP representative in Lebanon


Ziad Baroud, Former Interior Minister/Lawyer, Lebanon


Stephane Dujjaric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Mr. Antònio Guterres, France


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