UNDP-accredited fact-checking platform launched ahead of general elections – Pakistan

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Ahead of general elections on February 8, a non-partisan fact-checking device was launched at a ceremony held in Islamabad on Wednesday to “advance the scope of impartial and unbiased reporting within the nation’s journalistic panorama”.

Named iVerify, the platform is the creation of the Centre of Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) on the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), is internationally accredited by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and “efficiently carried out” in lots of international locations, in keeping with its press launch.

The launch was adopted by a panel dialogue by senior media professionals, together with Mansoor Ali Khan, Zahrah Mazhar, Farhad Jarral, Absa Komal, Umer Cheema, and Nizam Salarzai, who “dissected the utility of a fact-checking device in a excessive-stakes journalism setting”.

“Given the doubtless unstable nature of newsrooms throughout election transmissions anticipated throughout the incoming general elections, the panel agreed that the device shall show to play a essential position in curbing the unfold of misinformed information tales and making area for accountable, cautious journalism.”

Describing the iVerify device, the press launch mentioned it supplied “one of the few sturdy verification approaches” for journalists with an emphasis on eliminating bias, authenticating info, and processing information articles by guide examination.

It additional mentioned the device permits journalists and media professionals to submit their tales by way of iVerify’s portal the place they’re “gauged by a multi-pronged method comprising of information-pushed and language-primarily based analysis earlier than being verified for accuracy in phrases of factual illustration and contextualisation”.

Outlining the platform’s mission assertion, the press launch mentioned iVerify aimed to “empower voters with verified and dependable data, fostering a clear electoral course of and a nicely-knowledgeable citizens.

“In an period the place misinformation and disinformation can have profound penalties on belief within the democratic course of, or violence, iVerify is devoted to upholding the rules of accuracy, transparency and integrity in elections.”

Speaking on the launch, CEJ-IBA Director Amber Shamsi mentioned the device could be an essential step in guaranteeing clear and verifiable information reporting and investigation methodologies.

“Seeing the rise of misinformation in each digital and standard media areas, the fact-checking mechanism established by iVerify shall change into a cornerstone of dependable, non-partisan journalism in Pakistan,” the press launch quoted her as saying.

The World Economic Forum earlier in the present day mentioned misinformation and disinformation pushed by synthetic intelligence ahead of elections in main economies are the most important international dangers this 12 months and the following.

“Misinformation and disinformation are greatest brief-time period dangers, whereas excessive climate and important change to Earth methods are biggest lengthy-time period concern,” the organisation’s Global Risks Report 2024 report mentioned.

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