Desinformation and Fundamental Human Rights


  • Valeriu Baesu Free International University of Moldova


misinformation; information pollution; fundamental rights and freedoms; faulty information and intentional misinformation; European standards


The phenomenon of desinformation has escalated with the advancement of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in recent years, manifesting and spreading much faster and easier than before. The effects of desinformation are felt in a variety of issues affecting diverse groups of citizens within society, obstructing access to accurate information and undermining democratic values. This issue is considered a matter of public interest, prompting many countries worldwide to make efforts to combat or eradicate it. One of the main dangers lies in the fact that while the media creates an authentic public space, it also contributes to the formation of a false public sphere that diminishes the essential role of the media in shaping and strengthening public discourse. Addressing the diverse types of misinformation while safeguarding fundamental rights and freedoms poses a significant challenge for democracy and European standards. There are serious concerns regarding government surveillance and control over online content, coupled with the use of extensive surveillance methods and data collection under the pretext of national security and the fight against terrorist threats, which could serve as justification for state censorship.

Author Biography

Valeriu Baesu, Free International University of Moldova

doctor of law, associate professor


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How to Cite

Baesu, V. (2023). Desinformation and Fundamental Human Rights. Acta Universitatis Danubius. Relationes Internationales, 16(2), 59–73. Retrieved from