Johan Farkas, M.Sc.

School of Arts and Communication (K3) · Malmö University, Sweden — PhD Student

Research Areas

  • Communications Theory
  • Journalism
  • Political Communication
  • Social Media

Highlighted publications


My name is Johan Farkas and I am a PhD student at Malmö University (Sweden) in Media and Communication Studies.

My research explores disinformation, ‘fake news’, racism and political struggles, specifically in connection to digital media and journalism. I have published on these topics in international journals such as New Media & Society, Social Media + Society and Critical Discourse Studies.

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 post-truth era.

I am currently working on my PhD thesis, which explores journalistic coverage of disinformation during democratic elections. I am furthermore the Chair of the Young Scholars Network of the European Communication Research and Education Association (YECREA) and a frequent commentator in Danish and Swedish media.

In the past, I’ve been a Visiting Researcher at Cornell University and a speaker at institutions such as the German parliament (before the Council of Europe) and the Swedish Ministry of Culture (see activities).