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Journalists in Northern Ghana exposed to facts checking, as they prepare to report on December polls

The Ghana Fact, an independent facts checking platform has organized a day’s training for some media personnel within the Northern, Savanna and the North East Regions on facts checking and news verification.

The training equipped the participants with skills to enable them verify and crosscheck all information to help curb the increasing trend of disinformation and misinformation ahead of the 2020 general elections.

Managing Editor at the Ghana Facts, Rabiu Alhassan in an interview with Diamond news explained that, the organization had noticed the increasing rate of disinformation and misinformation across the Globe and in Ghana, hence the workshop was meant to address that.

He also indicated that, the training will help media houses set up facts checking desks to promote accuracy and decency within the traditional and new media space.

“We thought it wise to share some of the skills we have learnt as facts checkers, facts checking disinformation and misinformation within both the traditional and new media across various sectors, including the economy, governance and electoral issues, so this training is to help us collaborate and form a network across the country,” Rabiu Alhassan stated.

Experts from the International Facts Checking Network (IFCN) schooled participants on the various tools for fact checking, sources for facts checking and methodologies and principles in facts checking.

Some participants who spoke to Diamond news were optimistic that, the training will help improve on media content and also ensure accuracy in news production.

They however called on various media interest groups to emulate the works of Ghana Facts and organize such trainings for media personnel to equipping them with the needed skills and knowledge ahead of the December general elections.

Story By: Edward A. Ken-zorre

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