CHRONICLES OF INFODEMIA
The coronavirus pandemic that killed millions of people worldwide has evidenced that false information and rumours are life threatening to human health. The Association of European Journalists-Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria) in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom started the Chronicles of Infodemia initiative – a series of journalistic materials that expose misinformation relating to COVID-19.
Each text in the series is illustrated with an original visual by Penu Kiratsov. Many of these illustrations are cartooned for better accessibility to a broad audience and to engage the public across different age groups and levels of knowledge. In 2021, FNF expanded this initiative via an open-air exhibition in the heart of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. The municipality in Sofia supported this effort by providing a space to present the artistic interpretations and by steering the focus of public attention to the topic of misinformation during a pandemic. All the themes and problems that are recreated in the cartoons of Penu Kiratsov continue to be relevant and important. Thanks to the open-air exhibition in the centre of Sofia, they reached a wide circle of people.
The exhibition included 14 cartoons; all of them are translated in Bulgarian and English. FNF and AEJ-Bulgaria will continue to debunk the myths about the pandemic by gathering evidence that relies on verified facts and research and consultation with experts.
Irina Nedeva, President of AEJ-Bulgaria and Petya Dyulgerova, project coordinator for Bulgaria of FNF at the opening of the exhibition
Illustration by Penu Kiratsov
Open air exhibition “Chronicles of Infodemia” in the park at the National theatre in Sofia, Bulgaria
Under the Mask of Disinformation – Illustration by Penu Kiratsov