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IFCN awards two Nigerian platforms, 37 others $975,000 grant

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To combat misinformation and disinformation, the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) has announced that two Nigerian-based fact-checking platforms, FactsMatterNG and News Verifier Africa, along with 37 other fact-checking organisations, will receive a $25,000 grant each.

This development stems from a $975,000, in sum total, grant funded by YouTube to bolster the media verification initiatives of these fact-checking organisations worldwide.

This funding represents the second BUILD phase of the Global Fact Check Fund programme, which was created to improve the efficiency of fact-checking organisations in their local and regional efforts. 

According to the IFCN, each recipient of the $25,000 grant will be awarded the fund for projects fostering the fight against misinformation and disinformation. In addition to FactsMatterNg and News Verifier Africa, other fact-checking organisations from other countries, including Ukraine, Egypt, Guatemala, Liberia, Nepal, and Canada, will benefit from the funding initiative.

Moreover, most grant recipients will use the fund to strengthen their workforce and improve their financial sustainability—a lingering issue amongst 84 per cent of fact-checking organisations

The Director of IFCN, Angie Drobnic, emphasised the significance of these grants in enhancing the global network of fact-checkers.

“In this critical election year, the need for accurate information couldn’t be more urgent. This vital funding will energize fact-checking organisations, sharpening their skills, amplifying their capabilities, and expanding their reach. As we navigate the complexities of global voting, fact-checking fosters a culture of critical thinking that leads to a more informed electorate,” said Ms Drobnic.

Since the first award in June 2023, the IFCN has distributed $4,850,000 of the $12 million fund provided by Google and YouTube to several dozen fact-checking groups worldwide. The fund is expected to continue with five more phases.

Meanwhile, a selection committee of media experts rated the proposals of fact-checking organisations and recommended that the winners have nine to 12 months to complete their projects.

The grants were awarded to 20 signatories of IFCN’s Code of Principles and 19 non-signatories who received endorsements from active signatories to become eligible for the fund.

The full list of grant recipients includes: 

  1. ABS-CBN Fact Check, Philippines
  2. AkhbarMeter Media Observation, Egypt
  3. Asociación Ocote, Guatemala
  4. Balobaki Check, DR Congo
  5. Center for Media Research, Nepal
  6. Check Your Fact, United States
  7., Venezuela
  8. Cyberity, Indonesia
  9. deCheckers VZW, Belgium
  10. Deraya, West-Bank/Palestine
  11. Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Center, India
  12., Turkey
  13. Fact Check Cyprus, Cyprus
  14. Factico, Spain
  15. Fakt Yoxla, Azerbaijan
  16. Fast Check CL, Chile
  17. FactsMatterNG, Nigeria
  18. Fundación Andina para la Observación y Estudio de Medios, FUNDAMEDIOS, Ecuador
  19. Greece Fact Check, Greece
  20. Gwara Media, Ukraine
  21. INDEX, France
  22. JomCheck Malaysia, Malaysia
  23. KIVU WEZA, DR Congo
  24. Lupa Media, Ecuador
  25. Medical Dialogues (C/o Minerva Medical Treatment Pvt Ltd), India
  26. Namibia Fact Check, Namibia
  27. News Detective, United States
  28. News Verifier Africa (Media Inno Tech), Nigeria
  29. Observador, Portugal
  30. Panos Institute Southern Africa, Zambia
  31. Parti Co-op, South Korea
  32. PressOnePH, Philippines
  33. Provereno Media, Estonia
  34. Snopes, United States
  35. Telugupost, India
  36. The Canadian Press, Canada
  37. The Stage Media-Liberia, Liberia
  38., Indonesia
  39. VšĮ DigitalHub, Lithuania
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