Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on 1 May announced £8 million of new funding for BBC World Service projects to tackle harmful disinformation, challenge inaccurate reporting around the world and improve digital engagement.
Funding will reinforce the BBC World Service’s investigative journalism, extending the reach of its work to report in an unbiased and impartial way. This comes at the heels of the success of their “Reality Check”, “Africa Eye” and “Arabic Investigations” programmes, which have challenged fake news around the world.
The new package will also help to build international audiences, improving the digital platforms available to people in countries such as India, Kenya and Nigeria.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that in a world where states and criminal gangs twist the news to exploit others, it is vital to safeguard independent and objective news reporting around the world.
This new funding will allow the BBC World Service to take impartial journalism to many more people around the world, by countering those who distort the truth to mislead the public.
This new support comes shortly after the publication of the Government’s Integrated Review, which underlined the need to fight disinformation to protect the UK against state threats.