AFCN Organises Workshop “Fact-Checking : New Ways” under “Dalil” Project
1 December 2022
“Fact-Checking: New Ways” a pre-forum workshop was conducted on the 30th and 1st of December 2022, among the series of workshops that preceded ARIJ fifteenth annual forum under the title “Defending Independent Media”.
This workshop which 23 fact-checkers from 7 Arab countries participated in, comes from the Arab Fact-Checkers Network (AFCN) led by (ARIJ) as part of the Dalil project, which is supported by the European Union, and in cooperation with “SIREN” in Lebanon and “JOSA” in Jordan.
Coached on the first day, the Arab Fact-Checkers Network manager, Saja Mortada, about pre-publication fact-checking, she highlighted the importance of fact-checking in the journalism ecosystem, and the different tools and methods for pre-publication fact-checking, this was followed by a workshop on data journalism conducted by Ethar Al-Azm, a trainer and coach in data journalism at ARIJ.
On the second day, the Jordanian Open Source Association “JOSA” team had discussion on different digital safety measures, the use of passwords managers and protection from phishing and identity theft, then “Siren Associates” team presented the “Dalil” platform to fact-checkers which is based on artificial intelligence, giving a practical examples on the importance and uses of AI in fact-checking, and the future plans of the project. At the end, “Muhammad Abu Shaqra“, Content Policy Manager at “Meta”, answered all the participants questions regarding facebook policies and community standards.
The Tunisian fact-checker Aisha Gharbie working for “Misbar” demonstrating her benefits from the workshop:
From Palestine, Wala Abubaker, a fact-checker working for “Tahaqaq” speaking about her experience during the workshop:
It is worth mentioning that the Dalil project for the “Arab Fact-Checkers Network” led by ARIJ, is supported by the European Union and in cooperation with SIREN and JOSA. The project aims to increase the production of accurate news and information in seven countries in the Middle East and North Africa (Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen).