Disinformation Case Study: After the Beirut Explosion

We look forward to launching our Adwa2 Webinar Series with our first webinar, “Disinformation Case Study: After the Beirut Explosion” on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 3PM Beirut/Baghdad/Istanbul time.

Featuring guest speakers: 
Mahmoud Ghazayel, blogger, journalist, and fact-checker with a degree from the Lebanese University 
Nasri Messara, communication and digital marketing expert and Head of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Saint Joseph University of Beirut 

The explosion in Beirut on August 4th, in addition to having devastating effects on the city, resulted in the circulation of disinformation and unsubstantiated rumors, including one key claim of a missile attack among other examples. To launch our Adwa2 Webinar Series, we invite guest speakers Mahmoud Ghazayel and Nasri Messara to analyze the disinformation circulated after the Beirut explosion and address such key questions as: 

  • Who is creating and disseminating this disinformation and how? What are some of the aims and contexts to consider?  
  • How are these examples of disinformation debunked? How can open source investigation tools be used to debunk such disinformation? 
  • What are some of the questions that remain with ongoing investigations, including the backstory of the ship that docked in the Beirut port in 2013 with the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate? 

The panel will be followed by a Q&A session. 

Tune in via SKeyes Facebook Live on Tuesday 29th of September at 3:00 PM Beirut time. We hope you’ll attend and encourage you to share this with your networks!