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Today we live in a world where the borderline between lying and truth is beginning to dissolve. Disinformation has evolved from a marginal phenomenon into an acute threat to our democracy and a growing global problem. This leads to mistrust and insecurity, where populist slogans destroy confidence in scientific methods and nuanced debates.
In 2021, Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize together with Maria Ressa “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace”. For decades he has been editor-in-chief of the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, where he and his colleagues have conducted investigative journalism. Meet him in a conversation with journalist and author Ingrid Carlberg and philosopher and author Åsa Wikforss about freedom of expression, democracy and lasting peace.
Ingrid Carlberg is currently in the news with her book Marionetterna – en berättelse om världen som politisk teater (The Marionettes – A Story About the World as Political Theater). The book provides new insights and understanding of hidden influence operations, planted fake news, troll factories and astroturfed grassroots campaigns, which have become increasingly common.
The conversation with Dimitry Muratov is one of several activities drawing attention to work being done for democracy and freedom of expression. In May, the Nobel Foundation and the US National Academy of Sciences organised a three-day conference in Washington DC about misinformation and its damaging impact on trust in science and democracy. Åsa Wikforss was one of the on-site speakers.
The Swedish Academy also organised a conference about threats to freedom of expression and democracy. Thought and Truth under Pressure was carried out in March 2023.
The conversation will be moderated by the Nobel Prize Museum’s Carin Klaesson. Dmitry Muratov’s remarks will be interpreted from Russian to Swedish.
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Ingrid Carlberg. Photo: Kajsa Göransson
Åsa Wikforss. Foto: Rickard L Eriksson