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Fact-checking is the process of investigating nonfiction information to check its veracity. Fact-checkers use specific methodologies and tools to analyze news or claims and rate them as true or false, by providing context, sources and background information.

In journalism, fact-checking comes in two forms of publishing: “ante hoc fact-checking” and “post hoc fact-checking”.

 Ante hoc fact-checking, also known as pre-publishing fact-checking, or the editorial fact checking that occurs before publishing the story to ensure its accuracy 100%. It is a resemblance of good journalism and fosters a culture of accountable and transparent news dissemination.

Post hoc fact-checking, also known as post-publication fact-checking, is an imperative way to fight fake news after the dissemination of misinformation and/or inaccurate news, and contributes in raising public awareness.

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#SA7 project’s 1st webinar: 4 fact-checking organisations discussed the project’s objectives

#SA7 project’s 1st webinar: 4 fact-checking organisations discussed the project’s objectives   11 January 2022    The Arab Fact-Checkers Network (AFCN), led by the ARIJ, hosted the first webinar of the Sa7 Project on January 11, 2022, with over 190 participants via Zoom and 1,100 viewers on Facebook, under the title “Sa7 Project: towards building…

AFCN organized a political fact-checking workshop ahead of ARIJ21 forum

AFCN organized a political fact-checking workshop ahead of ARIJ21 forum December 5, 2021   On the sidelines of the #ARIJ21 annual forum, the Arab Fact-Checkers Network (AFCN), held a Political fact-checking physical workshop, lasting for 3 days from 30 November to 2 December 2021, supported by the Norwegian Association for Critical and Investigative Press SKUP. …

Sa7… ARIJ & AFCN new project supported by CFI

Sa7… ARIJ & AFCN new project supported by CFI December 3, 2021- The Arab Fact-Checkers Network (AFCN) led by ARIJ, launches its new project entitled “Sa7”, with the support of the “Qarib” regional programme implemented by the French Media Development Agency (CFI) and funded by the French Development Agency (AFD), With the aim of supporting…

AFCN hosted a virtual closed roundtable with IFCN ahead of ARIJ21 forum

AFCN hosted a virtual closed roundtable with IFCN ahead of ARIJ21 forum November 10th, 2021   On the sidelines of the #ARIJ21 annual forum, the Arab Fact-Checkers Network (AFCN), held on Wednesday, November 10, a closed virtual round-table with the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), which hosted 11 fact-checking institutions and initiatives from 10 Arab countries.…

Fact Checking in a Polarized Egyptian Public Opinion

Fact Checking in a Polarized Egyptian Public Opinion Saheeh Masr In the summer of 1967, Egyptians sat by their radios to listen to Ahmed Said, a broadcaster at “Sawt al-Arab” (voice of the Arabs), as he announced in his baritone voice that the “Egyptian army succeeded in defeating the Israeli army and is now teaching…

Combatting Disinformation in the Arab world

Combatting Disinformation in the Arab world ARIJ Publishes Policy Paper: “Combating Disinformation in the Arab World – The COVID-19 pandemic as a case study”

Misinformation/Disinformation Policy Paper Launch With FNF

Misinformation/Disinformation Policy Paper Launch With FNF In partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), ARIJ is launching its policy paper on Combating Disinformation in the Arab World (in both Arabic and English). This session will be dedicated to discussing the findings and moving forward in light of them. Naming the political, psychological and…

International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) and the Code of Principles

and International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) and the Code of Principles Meet IFCN. The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at Poynter is committed to promoting excellence in fact-checking. We believe nonpartisan and transparent fact-checking can be a powerful instrument of accountability journalism; conversely, unsourced, or biased fact-checking can increase distrust in the media and experts while…

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