A petition for truthful reporting
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Truthful information is a right.
Disinformation is a threat.
Sign to say NO to fake news, YES to truthful reporting


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Francesco Totti

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Gianni Morandi

Ferzan Özpetek

Carlo Verdone

Claudio Amendola

Lucio Caracciolo

Marc Augé
A petition
for truthful reporting
Truthful information is a right. Disinformation is a threat.

I am launching this initiative because the web is an important instrument for knowledge and democracy. However, it is also often a place for unscrupulous fake reporting, which is made all the easier by people's desire for information that confirms their pre-existing beliefs. We have recently witnessed the rise on the web of new phenomena, such as fake news factories serving commercial or political interests and the rise of "clickbait journalism”, which is more concerned with page-views than with checking the trustworthiness of its sources.

Fake news is confusing: it spreads fear and hatred and irreparably poisons public discourse.

Fake news is not just some sort of innocent prank. It can do real harm to real people – just take a look at the bogus reporting on childhood vaccines, or at the proliferation of fake medicines hoaxes, or at online scams.

The time for responsible action has come and we need to mobilise. Each of us must do what we can to stop the spread of fake news and protect the freedom of the Internet. We must defend the dignity of those who use the web, which offers enormous opportunities for our cultural, personal and economic life.

This is not about censorship or gagging information. This is about how we should react to and deal with a problem that affects all of us. By signing this petition, you will be doing your part and making your honourable contribution. Some environments and industries are more involved than others, and therefore bear a particular responsibility to counter the spread of fake news. Schools are on the front line, but so are the media, companies and social networks. We call on people who work in those sectors to make an extra effort.

Sign to say NO to fake news, YES to truthful reporting
Laura Boldrini
1. Schools And Universities
Schools and universities are the primary source of the antibodies needed to counter disinformation. They should pioneer a culture of responsible internet use and, as a matter of priority, teach people to apply logical reasoning and IT tools so as to distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources. They must encourage critical thinking and a culture of verification.

2. The Media
It is now extremely important for journalists and media workers to step up their efforts to check facts, debunk falsehoods and verify sources. Similarly, publishers should invest the necessary resources to appoint a quality guarantor in news desks, who should be easily accessible to citizens, as is already the case for some media outlets.

3. Business
Companies too must become engaged. Their advertisements should not appear on websites that create or spread fake news, to avoid financing disinformation - even if unintentionally - or associating their products with the social harm caused by fake stories.

4. Social Networks
Social networks have a crucial role to play: they must accept their responsibility as media companies, and steer their policies towards greater transparency. To counter fake news and hate speech, they need to strengthen their cooperation with public institutions and media outlets. They must also invest more heavily in human resources and in the necessary technologies to address the problem.

5. Culture, Sport, Entertainment
I call upon celebrities in the worlds of culture, sport and entertainment to use their influence to reach out to a vast number of people in order to counter fake news and the spread of hate.

First signatories
Paolo Attivissimo
Michelangelo Coltelli
David Puente
Walter Quattrociocchi