There can be no peace, democracy, security in a world dominated by misinformation, Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on Wednesday at the opening of the virtual conference “Safeguarding Democracy and Preventing Malign Foreign Influence” organized on the sidelines of the Romanian Presidency of the Community of Democracies.
“It is important to better understand the sources of misinformation, its intentions and purposes, how and why people are attracted to false information, in order to know our own vulnerability,” said the Romanian chief diplomat.
He spoke, in the context of the health crisis, of misinformation campaigns that attack the essential elements of democracy – “freedom of thought and expression, respect for the rule of law and human rights.”
In this sense, he appreciated that “rapid action and a strong commitment are needed to counter and expose those involved in disturbing democratic norms.”
Minister Aurescu also stated that counteracting misinformation requires both national and joint, synchronized international efforts.
“When the threat is widespread and affects many states, targets alliances and international institutions, national reactions are essential, but may not be enough. Romania is a constant promoter of an effective multilateral approach, based on respect for international law. We believe that strong multilateral partnerships and cooperation, in complementarity with national strategies to anticipate, address and respond to misinformation activities, can significantly improve our democratic response to foreign information threats,” he said, according to Agerpres.
Minister Aurescu stressed that the Romanian Presidency of the Community of Democracies “supports events aimed at counteracting malicious interventions in democratic systems.”