The first report for the EU Fact Check focused on a widely disseminated news item, was extensively disseminated in news websites, referring in a report published by the European Parliament regarding the voting intentions of the Greek citizens. he European Parliament report was misinterpreted without taking account of the report’s findings and the use of incorrect titles. This news is not false but misleading as it is presented with allegations that do not correspond to reality. At the same time, this option creates false impressions on public opinion regarding the role of the European Parliament and other European institutions. They are presented in a way that is prudent and intrusive to internal developments and not as neutral as they really are. This kind of representation can have negative impact on public opinion stances in relation with the European Institutions especially in the face of the upcoming European Elections.
We didn’t face any issues concerning the retrieving of the reviewed articles, as well as recovering the original source’s data. The one issue that occured was the imprecise given link incorrectly in one of the three polls under inquiry. Αfter cautious and thorough research we tracked the link of the poll.
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Spyridoula Markou and Stellios Pournis, School of Journalism & MC, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki