Misinformation is a big threat impacting our quality journalism as well as our access to accurate information in the MENA region. On Sunday, October 24, 2021, in celebration of the Global Media and Information Literacy Week, AFCN (Arab Fact-Checkers Network) led by ARIJ, in partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project, is excited to announce “Edit and Verify حرّر_وتحرَّ#”, a new project to fight misinformation in the MENA region.
Edit and Verify, is a one-year project that targets journalists, investigative journalists, content creators, and fact-checkers across the region with a focus on Algeria, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Palestine, and Iraq, to raise their capacity and skills, and help them verify different types and forms of content disseminated online.
The project was developed as part of our ongoing efforts to support journalists and fact-checkers in the region but also in response to the widespread dissemination of false and misleading news particular to the Covid-19 pandemic. It aims at building the skills of Arab journalists in verification and fact-checking.
Through three different, integrated and interactive training tracks, “Edit and Verify” will establish a new generation of journalists who are well-equipped to fact-check their own content and content published and communicated by others. The project also aims to build a community of fact-checkers within Arab newsrooms and freelancers promoting transparency, ethical standards, and accountability, as well as regaining confidence in media outlets and Arabic language content.
To achieve these goals, the project is built on three key tracks:
- public and live workshops and webinars
- self-paced online course in Arabic language
- intensive hands-on lab training including assignments and final project submission for a selected number of Arab newsroom journalists
Arab journalists and fact-checkers will also have the opportunity to learn more about Facebook Community Standards in four live webinars led by the Facebook Journalism Project.
At the end of each track, the trainees will receive a participation certificate provided by AFCN/ARIJ and Facebook.
Mohamed Omar, News Partnerships Manager, Middle East and North Africa at Facebook, said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to promoting news literacy and supporting journalists, newsrooms, and fact-checkers across the Middle East and North Africa, we are continuously working to combat misinformation and connect people to accurate, credible, and trustworthy sources. ‘Edit and Verify’ is our latest venture on that front, underscoring our efforts as we look to expand our fight against misinformation in the Arab world. Working closely with our partners at the AFCN led by ARIJ, this new project aims to equip journalists from the MENA region with the right tools as well as strengthen fact-checkers’ skills to help them verify circulated online content effectively and accurately.”
“Misinformation has unfortunately become the enemy of quality journalism. It is now everyone’s problem, and journalists should be in the frontline to combat it by honing their fact-checking skills. This is why we created this project in the first place”; stated Rawan Damen, ARIJ’s Director General.
If you are interested in becoming a full-fledged fact-checker and/or a journalist equipped with the required skills; join the ongoing fight against misinformation in the region. Do not miss the chance and join this project by taking a part in these training activities!
Now, you can register in our first two live webinars using the following links:
First webinar: How to use social media effectively: What are the tools and the legal impact? Monday – Nov 8, 2021, at 07:00 pm Amman time:
AFCN-Edit & Verify (1)
Second Webinar: How to fact-check digital advertisements? Monday – Dec 13, 2021, at 07:00 pm Amman time:
AFCN-Edit & Verify (2)
Join the Facebook Journalism Project Arabic Group on Facebook and follow ARIJ on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to learn more about the ‘Edit and Verify’ project.
For comments and suggestions, please reach out to us at this email: AFCN@arij.net