Jeremy Hunt pledges £18m to step up fight against fake news

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Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has set aside new cash to tackle the growing threat of fake news in eastern Europe, weeks after it emerged Russia had tried to undermine the European elections.

Mr Hunt said the new three-year £18m package would “support journalists working in some of the most repressive societies and step up the attack against fake news”.

According to a recent study from NGO Freedom House, only 10pc of the world’s population currently have access to a free media.

Mr Hunt said, given this, “fake news and disinformation continue to undermine and destabilise societies”. 

The foreign secretary was speaking ahead of the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London next week, where delegations from more than 100 countries and 60 ministers will gather to discuss the barriers to a free press. 

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