Analysing international policy processes and Lithuania’s role in them
Review Jan 13, 2022

COVID-19 Social Media Narratives in Lithuania

Summary

This paper introduces the available Facebook data to about the presence and prominence of hostile narratives that may have impacted Lithuania’s vaccination efforts. To do this a sample of significant public Facebook pages relevant to Lithuania were analysed to identify potential disinformation narratives that are more likely to be relevant to the Polish ethnic minority in Lithuania. Research done by EESC in 2020 shows that the Lithuanian public’s trust in state institutions and the government is low with only 43% trusting their government while event less (24%) trust the parliament or the political parties (8%). This paper is based on reports that were compiled with support from the International Republican Institute’s Beacon Project.

Adam Roževič is a Project Manager at the EESC and also an active member of the Polish Discussion Club. Adam actively takes part in/organises various events and discussions promoting and encouraging dialogue, voicing the issues of ethnic minorities to governmental and non-governmental organisations. Furthermore, he is one of the organisers of the Young Political Scientist School, which teaches young people about fair elections, promotes the freedom of speech and equality, thus strengthening fair democratic processes in Lithuania. At the EESC, Adam contributes to various studies, writing policy papers and helping organise high-level events.

Dorota Sokolovska is a project assistant at the Eastern Europe Studies Centre, she joined the team in July 2021. She is leading a project to strengthen civil society in Belarus. Dorota also contributes to analytical content and has authored several studies on security and international relations. She has several years of professional experience in journalism. Dorota is currently studying at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University, where she is interested in political philosophy and history of ideas.

Andrius Prochorenko has been working at the EESC since the year 2017. He is a graduate of the Vilnius University’s Institute of International Relations and Political Science, holds a Masters degree in Public Policy Analysis. Andrius is interested in the political economy and is responsible for the implementation of international projects related to hybrid threats, information warfare, and the development of Eastern Partnership countries, as well as the drafting of project applications and reports. He also contributes to the organizing of high-level political events and conferences, the implementation of other national and international projects, he is also a co-author of academic studies and is fluent in English and Russian.