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My name is Johan Farkas and I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Communication. Here, I am part of the project ‘Tell Me the Truth: Fact-Checkers in an Age of Epistemic Instability’.

My research explores the intersection of digital media, journalism, disinformation, and democracy. I have published on these issues in journals such as New Media & Society, Journalism Studies, Social Media + Society, Television & New Media and Critical Discourse Studies (see publications).

In June 2023, I successfully defended my PhD thesis: This Is Not Real News: Discursive Struggles over Fake News, Journalism, and Democracy.

My debut book, Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: Mapping the Politics of Falsehood, was published by Routledge in 2019. Written with Jannick Schou, the book presents a critical examination of discourses around fake news and the so-called post-truth era.

In the past, I have been a Visiting Researcher at Cornell University, Chair of the Young Scholars Network of the European Communication Research and Education Association (YECREA), and a speaker at institutions such as the Council of Europe, the Swedish Ministry of Culture, and the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (see activities).

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Latest publication:
Farkas, J. (2023). This is Not Real News: Discursive Struggles over Fake News, Journalism, and Democracy, Malmö University Press. (Full text available)