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“In this dire situation...the need is for people who are going to be truth tellers, the need is for people who are going to be strong and tough. I think that IBB plays this rolea responsible, smart, non-partisan player." Ambassador Alberto Fernandez

Ideas Beyond Borders hosted “Winning the War on Disinformation in the Middle East,” an online event with special guest Ambassador Alberto Fernandez on November 17, 2020. IBB’s Founder and President Faisal Saeed al Mutar provided a program update, and IBB translators and Middle East Team Lead Ahmed AlRayyis also shared their stories.

Ambassador Fernandez explained the landscape of disinformation, and how it is spreading more quickly through the Middle East than ever before via social media, most recently on the topic of COVID-19. There are both familiar and new disinformation actors in the landscape. Russia and Iran are the usual players, while China, a new and neutrally viewed actor, is rapidly growing in prominence.

Fernandez said it is crucial to understand and address disinformation in the Middle East because “our world is interconnectedwe can’t set aside what is happening in other parts of the world.”

IBB’s translators and Middle East Team Lead Ahmed AlRayyis shared regional perspectives from Iraq, Lebanon, and Turkey, and stressed the need to combat disinformation in the region. Issam Fawaz, one of IBB's translators, shared that "the Bayt Al Hikma 2 project gives me hope. It also offers the weapon that [local political and religious leaders] fear the most, truth as it is...this is our only path forward" to emphasize this point.

All agreed that IBB is a powerful tool for internet users in the Middle East to fight disinformation, and it needs to grow and expand to continue this crucial work. When young people have access to truth and knowledge, communities flourish.

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Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, December 1st this year. We’re gearing up for a great campaign, and we’ll be sharing details with you in the coming days.

First, though, here’s why it all matters: IBB’s translators and social influencers are in a daily battle to establish a more pluralistic, freer, and modern Middle East, combating China, Russia, and regional regimes who spread disinformation and confusion.

Hear Momen, an IBB translator, talk about why your support is so important:

You made it happen: IBB’s Stop the Spread COVID-19 public education campaign succeeded beyond our wildest expectations this year. The results are astounding, with more than 30 million people viewing content to date:

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When Ideas Beyond Borders launched its Stop the Spread public education campaign in mid-March 2020, there were two urgent goals:

1) Upending the flood of COVID-19 disinformation propagated by regional regimes, China and Russia

2) Educating Arab youth about the steps they should take to protect their health and combat the pandemic.

We have met our goals, thanks to our Middle East team of Arab youth translators and social influencers. The results are astounding, with more than 30 million people viewing our content to date:

When you think about it, the Stop the Spread campaign is the new Middle East Enlightenment in action. Every time a new video or article is posted, our Middle East team of translators and social influencers is supporting science, critical thinking and freedom of expression--and they are making lives better, every day.

That’s why we can’t stop now! With your support, we will reach millions more with our accurate information, and successfully combat the scourge of disinformation plaguing the Middle East.

Donate now to help win the war against disinformation in the Middle East!


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