Under the title “Share your experience with fact-checking in the Arab world”, the Arab Fact-Checkers Network (AFCN) has launched the campaign #دقق_بالعربي (Fact-Check in Arabic) on the occasion of the International Fact-Checking Day on April 2, 2022, and within the #Sa7 project, which is part of the regional program “Qarib”, implemented by the French Media Development Agency (CFI) and funded by the French Development Agency (AFD).
The campaign ran over two days, on April 1 and 2, and included the experiences and stories of fact-checkers in the Arab world shared by fact-checking organisations/initiatives in the region.
These organisations presented in 4 videos and 4 articles, a range of challenges faced by fact-checkers in the light of the information disorder in the Arab region, as well as their efforts in fighting it.
The hashtag #دقق_بالعربي reached more than 14,000 followers on Twitter, and more than 100 Tweeters participated in the campaign.
AFCN has published 4 articles and 4 videos in cooperation with Kashif and Tayaqan in Palestine, Tech for Peace in Iraq, Saheh Khabarak in Jordan, Misbar, and freelance fact-checkers from Lebanon, each of which dealt with the experiences of fact-checking in their countries.
AFCN also announced on this day its Code Of Principles and Guidelines, which was developed in collaboration with more than 22 fact-checking organisations/initiatives in 10 Arab countries.
“Sa7” project aims to promote best practices, methodologies, and tools for fact checking in the Arab region, particularly in four countries facing political, economic, and security challenges and where public trust in the media is diminishing, which are; Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Iraq.