The nominees are in for the virtual Global Fact 7 Awards, and you are invited to help us judge. Members of the public will join the fact-checking community to decide which fact-check was the most bizarre, the most creative, and which resulted in the best correction.
This is the third year of the Global Fact Awards, created two years ago at Global Fact 5 in Rome, Italy. But this is the first year with financial prizes: $500 for each category – in addition to the customary adulation and bragging rights.
Voting will go live Monday, June 22, and will stay open until Wednesday, June 24, at 11:59 pm EDT. The votes will be tallied on June 25, and the winners will be announced on the last day of the conference Friday, June 26. When the voting opens you can cast your vote here.
The nominees for each category are:
Most Bizarre Fact-Check
- Rappler (Philippines) : FALSE: ‘Clean semen a cure for COVID-19’
- Raskrinkavanje.ba (Bosnia & Herzegovina): No, this is not Rahman from Bužim setting up 5G towers, but Harvey from Gotham
- Myth Detector (Georgia): “Does Georgian Blood Contain Special Particles to Fight COVID-19?
- Newsmeter.in (India): Fact Check: Video of a squirrel doing breathing exercises in Baba Ramdev’s ashram is FALSE
Most Creative Format:
- MediaWise (United States): Are Italians singing pop songs from their balconies during a coronavirus lockdown?
- Washington Post Fact Checker (United States): Moroccan police justified a brutal beating. Video contradicts their narrative.
- Colombiacheck (Colombia): “Verify Punks – episode 2 – Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus.”
- Chequeado (Argentina): Hijacking Viral WhatsApp Audios.
- FactSpace West Africa (Ghana): FALSE: 31 coronavirus patients recover in Ghana.
- Washington Post Fact Checker (United States): Correcting a media error: Biden’s Ukraine showdown was in December 2015.
- Taiwan FactCheck Center (Taiwan): Bomb Disposal on Election Night
- FactCrescendo (India): Video of a king-cobra found in a house in Karnataka falsely shared as an incident from Maharashtra
22 fact-checking organizations from 17 countries submitted 43 fact-checks to the IFCN. IFCN Director Baybars Orsek, Associate Director Cristina Tardáguila, Program Manager Ferdi Özsoy, and reporter Harrison Mantas rated each fact-check on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest. Tardáguila, who founded Brazilian fact-checking network Agência Lupa, abstained from voting for Brazilian organations. Mantas’ vote was doubled in those cases. Program Manager Jules Darmanin, was brought in to break ties in the Most Bizarre Fact-Check and Best Correction categories.