BBC boss Lord Tony Hall yesterday warned that the world is facing the ‘biggest assault on truth’ since Hitler’s propaganda machine.
The director-general compared the current prevalence of fake news as similar to the misinformation of 1930s Germany.
At the Global Conference For Media Freedom in London, Lord Hall called on media organisations to work together to ‘turn the tide’.
He said: ‘An assault on truth is an assault on democracy. We are now in the midst of the biggest assault on truth since the 1930s.’
Lord Hall compared the current ‘sea of disinformation and partisan reporting’ to the period which saw the rise of fascist regimes in Europe and Joseph Stalin’s dictatorship in Russia.
He said that the BBC had a role to play in battling fake news and press repression across the world — and was ‘ready to do even more to help promote freedom and democracy’.
Lord Hall said: ‘We need to reassert the core principles of journalism like never before. We need to stand up for independence, impartiality, and reporting without fear or favour.’