What is the most absurd claim a professional fact-checker has had to verify? What’s the craziest format fact-checkers have experimented with to reach new audiences? And finally, can fact-checks really carry a significant impact on the world around them?
Welcome to the Global Fact 6 Awards, in which 12 organizations are competing to find out who hass the best answers to these questions. It’s up to you to help the International Fact-Checking Network decide who deserves to hear some worldwide applause.
This tradition began in 2018 at Global Fact 5, which took place in Rome. And this year’s IFCN summit will include a special ceremony to honor some of the innovative and impactful work done by fact-checkers in the past year. For the first time, voters online will also be able to participate in the race. So even if you are not a fact-checker, you can read about all the finalists below and cast your vote here.
The Global Fact awards include three categories: Most Bizarre Fact-Checked Claim, Most Creative Fact-Checking Format, and Best Correction Obtained. In each one of these, there are four finalists. They are: ColombiaCheck (Colombia), Correctiv (Germany), Delfi (Lithuania), Rappler (Philippines), BBC Africa Eye (UK), France 24 Observers (France), Pagella Politica (Italy), Fatabyyano (Jordan), Africa Check (South Africa), Tempo (Indonesia), Faktabaari (Finland), FactCheck.org (USA).
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A June 19 ceremony in the New Lecture Theatre at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, will allow the finalists to speak about their work for two minutes.
“We expect to learn from this group about how they think their projects can help the fact-checking community grow, and the fact-checking practice to advance as a practice that is much needed nowadays,” said Baybars Orsek, IFCN’s director.
The awards will be handed out the following day, June 20, at 5:30 p.m. local time and will be followed by Global Fact 6 closing remarks, also in the main auditorium.