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DISCUSSION: Propaganda and misinformation as a weapon - even in the war in Ukraine

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The discussion will focus on the following topics:
  •      Is the Slovak population a victim of propaganda?
  •      When did it all start?
  •      How does propaganda change in times of war and in times of peace?
  •      How to recognize propaganda and how to defend against it?
  •      How is Slovakia prepared to fight propaganda and misinformation?
  •      What steps has Europe taken to combat misinformation since the beginning of the war?
  •      Is online content blocking correct?
  •      What should be the role of real journalism?

Ján Hargaš - State Secretary, Ministry of Investment, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic
Marián Majer - State Secretary, Ministry of Defense SR
Dušan Ondrušek - psychologist, PDCS
Vladimír Šnídl - journalist, Denník N

Zuzana Kovačič Hanzelová


Ján Hargaš

National Council of the SR
He is an expert in digital transformation with over 15 years of experience in Slovakia and abroad. He advocates for transparent government IT, improving the quality of public services for users, and the digital transformation of the Slovak economy and society. He studied International Business at the University of Economics in Bratislava. In 2016, he co-founded the civic association "Slovensko.Digital," where he served as the Executive Director from 2016 to 2019. Since 2020, he has been an advisor to the Minister of Investments, Regional Development, and Informatization. From July 2021 to February 2022, he held the position of State Secretary for Informatization in Slovakia.
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Zuzana Kovačič Hanzelová

Zuzana Kovačič Hanzelová is a reporter for the SME daily newspaper. She focuses on domestic politics and poverty issues. She joined the  SME in October 2018 after leaving RTVS. Born in Bratislava, she studied journalism at the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra.
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Marian Majer

Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic
In the years 2002-2004, he worked as the editor of the foreign affairs department in Denník SME. Since 2004, he has been working at the Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic in various positions: in the years 2004-2005 as chief state adviser and researcher at the Institute of Security and Defense Policy, in the years 2006-2010 as general state adviser at the section of defense policy, international relations and legislation, later, in the years 2010-2011, as Director General of the Department of Defense Inspection Inspection Section and in 2012 as Director General of the Defense Policy, International Relations and Legislation Section. In the years 2016 and 2020, he was the director of the Office of the State Secretary, and from 2…
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Vladimír Šnídl

Denník N
Vladimír Šnídl has been working in the media since 2007, and for the last six years he has also been focusing more intensively on the phenomenon of hoaxes and misinformation. He is the author of the book "Truth and a Lie on Facebook" and co-author of three educational manuals by Denník N. He has attended several dozen discussions at Slovak schools and several seminars for teachers.
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Dušan Ondrušek

Dušan Ondrušek is a psychologist who has worked at the university and in the counseling center in Slovakia and has been traveling around the world for many years, mainly to countries that have had violent conflicts and are trying to reconcile and mediate. In this context, he has worked in more than 40 countries (for example, Bosnia, Central Asia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, etc.). Working with people who speak languages other than us and come from a different faith can be challenging, but it is essential. is that as people we are much more similar than different, whether we are rich or poor and no matter what we believe in, we live our lives the same ...
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