Fact-Checking: Throwing Light on the Truth. Photo: Pixabay
2. April is promoted as the International Fact-Checking Day from the International Fact-Checking Network, established under the Initiative of the Poynter Institute from S. Petersburg, Florida in cooperation with fact-checking organizations around the world.
“International Fact-Checking Day is not a single event but a rallying cry for more facts – and fact-checking – in politics, journalism, and everyday life”, says the web site dedicated to this day.
And the date is not selected randomly. It’s right after the April Fools Day, the day of jokes and lies in order to emphasize the importance of fact-checking.
On the web site dedicated to this day, you can find manuals about how to do fact-checking, as well as explanations why is fact-checking important.
Metamorphosis Foundation on Internet and Society, through the media projects such as the Media Fact-Checking Service and the Truthmeter is the only member from Macedonia of the 45 members strong International Fact-Checking Network.
This article was created within the framework of the Project to increase the accountability of the politicians and political parties Truthmeter implemented by Metamorphosis. The article is made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for Democracy(NED) and The Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD), a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, an initiative that supports democracy, good governance, and Euroatlantic integration in Southeastern Europe. The content is the responsibility of its author and does not necessarily reflect the views of Metamorphosis, National Endowment for Democracy, the Balkan Trust for Democracy, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, or its partners.