International Fact-Checking Network shows remarkable growth at 10th GlobalFact Summit

Over 150 fact-checking organizations are now verified signatories to the IFCN Code of Principles, with a substantial increase since 2020, including signatories from Japan, Liberia, Sudan, and South Sudan.

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The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) has experienced significant growth and progress since its establishment in 2015. This was showcased during the 10th GlobalFact summit in Seoul, South Korea, which is being held from 28 June to 30 June. The event brings together fact-checking journalists and misinformation researchers worldwide, providing them with a platform to exchange ideas, cultivate connections, and forge partnerships.

The new director of the IFCN, Angie Drobnic Holan, emphasised the challenges posed by the growth of misinformation and the need to defend the truth. Over 150 fact-checking organisations have now become verified signatories to the IFCN Code of Principles, which commits them to transparency and nonpartisanship. The number of verified signatories has more than doubled since 2020, with new signatories from countries like Japan, Liberia, Sudan, and South Sudan. 

Several verified signatories were highlighted, including 211 Check from South Sudan, Gwara Media from Ukraine, from Nepal, NewsToF from South Korea, and PressOne.PH from the Philippines. These organisations joined the IFCN to improve their fact-checking capabilities, promote accurate information, and contribute to a more informed society. They face challenges such as limited funding, verifying information in conflict zones, and tackling a vast amount of disinformation. They aim to establish global networks, collaborate with other fact-checkers, and enhance public trust in their work.