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Battlers against fake news win top journalism prize

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Vienna, November 12, 2021

by Edward Steen

The Kaiser Maximilian Award for a project called “Fake News
The Austrian non-profit project “(#EuropagegenCovid19 / #EUmythbusters) has been awarded the Kaiser Maximilian Award and 10 000€ by the Austrian Land Tyrol and the City of Innsbruck.

Far left and centre: Daniel Gerer of Europe Direct Wien and Nana Walzer of Europe United

The award recognizes initiatives that “embody the European unification process as outstanding practical examples”.

The winning project – chosen by an international jury of experts – must be fact-based, interdisciplinary educational work around myths and fake news about the EU and the corona pandemic in the form of online events like workshops, podcasts, or public debate. The goal is to debunk fake news and conspiracy theories, including using making fun of them.

The projects are either regional or supra-regional, or trans-national to help promote a European sense of community.

Lively interest in the award was reflected in numerous applications: While a total of 15 projects were submitted in 2019, this year 56 applications were received from 14 European countries.

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