February 15, 2024

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2024) – Hundreds of fact-checkers working to uphold the industry’s highest standards of excellence will convene at the Dom Mladih in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from June 26-28, 2024, for the 11th GlobalFact Fact-Checking Summit.

This annual gathering of the world’s fact-checking community is presented by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute in partnership with Sarajevo-based civil society organization Zašto ne

“Our community is working together to tackle a range of challenges this year: worldwide elections; the rise of artificial intelligence; protecting free expression, and fostering information integrity on the internet and in the real world. Our meeting in Sarajevo will allow us to share best practices and encouragement,” said Angie Drobnic Holan, director of the IFCN. 

Attendees will explore opportunities to advance their fact-checking operations through expert-led discussions, interactive training and networking events. Guests will also hear about the past, present and future of fact-checking in the Balkans and delve into themes such as war propaganda and state-sponsored disinformation.

“Our region is uniquely positioned to provide valuable perspectives on many of the ‘hot topics’ that will be covered in this year’s GlobalFact,” said Tijana Cvjetićanin, head of fact-checking at Zašto ne. “Those range from the most nefarious types of disinformation campaigns and war-mongering narratives that we witnessed four decades ago, to the very contemporary problems of inauthentic content and fraudulent practices online, digital and information literacy, or the fast-developing trends in digital regulatory and self-regulatory models. I am excited about sharing those perspectives that have global relevance and will certainly contribute to fruitful discussions, knowledge and experience-sharing in the community.”

Those interested in hearing a variety of perspectives about specific topics can focus their experience through tracks including reporting and editing, sustainability, public policy, artificial intelligence and technology, media literacy, and research and political science.

Verified signatories to the IFCN Code of Principles will also have exclusive access to members-only sessions to share best practices on universal challenges facing fact-checkers today such as working with platforms, protecting independence and database control. 

Each day also will feature a keynote address from globally renowned leaders with expertise in areas such as journalism, technology and politics. The lineup of speakers will be announced in the spring. Last year’s keynote speakers included investigative journalist Jessikka Aro, Seoul National University professor Dr. Eun-Ju Lee and Twitter’s former head of trust and safety Yoel Roth. 

Tickets are $399 and can be purchased at www.globalfact11.com, with discounts available to IFCN signatories. Individuals who cannot physically attend the conference can purchase a $49 virtual ticket to watch the live broadcast of select main stage sessions.

For more information, visit www.globalfact11.com or email globalfact@ifcn.org.

Media Contact:

Angie Drobnic Holan
Director, International Fact-Checking Network

About the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at Poynter

The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at Poynter was launched in 2015 to bring together the growing community of fact-checkers around the world and advocates of factual information in the global fight against misinformation. 

We enable fact-checkers through networking, capacity building and collaboration. The IFCN promotes the excellence of fact-checking to the verified signatories to the IFCN Code of Principles — more than 140 organizations from 65 countries covering over 80 languages — through advocacy, training and global events. 

Our team monitors trends in the fact-checking field to offer resources to fact-checkers, contribute to public discourse and provide support for new projects and initiatives that advance accountability in journalism. In 2021, the IFCN was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Learn more at poynter.org/ifcn.

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About Zašto ne

Zašto ne is a Sarajevo-based organization that started as a youth peace initiative more than 20 years ago. The mission of the organization expanded over the years, encompassing various aspects of building a healthy democracy and sustainable peace. The organization hosts several operations focused on fact-checking, information literacy, political accountability and civic participation. Fact-checking has been one of the staples of Zašto ne’s work, starting with Istinomjer — one of the oldest fact-checking projects in the world, that has been monitoring and checking the accuracy of statements of public officials and fulfillment of pre-elections promises in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2010. Another flagship of the organization is Raskrinkavanje, started in 2017, that is one of the most prominent anti-disinformation initiatives in the region and beyond. Zašto ne is one of the founding members of SEE Check, the regional fact-checking network in Southeast Europe.

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