The International Fact-Checking Day, promoted by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) by Poynter in partnership with fact-checking organizations worldwide, is an annual celebration and rallying cry for more truth in public health, journalism, and everyday life. It’s a day dedicated to elevating facts since Fact-checking is essential for a healthy information ecosystem.
When is International Fact-checking Day Observed?
International Fact-checking Day is celebrated/observed on April 2 (Every year).
The IFCN believes that professional fact-checkers shouldn’t be the only ones debunking false information. It requires everyone to do their part in combating disinformation. In fact, the IFCN brought together fact-checkers from across the globe to combat disinformation around the war in Ukraine immediately after Russian forces invaded. This initiative resulted in #UkraineFacts, a collaboration that has seen verified signatories publish more than 1,000 fact-checks to counter misleading claims detected in multiple countries in the first month of the fighting.
This effort follows the success of the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance and the searchable database of COVID-19 fact-checks with over 12,000 submissions. The pandemic has highlighted the crucial role of fact-checkers in providing accurate information to the public.
Last year, journalist Maria Ressa, who heads verified signatory Rappler in the Philippines, received the Nobel Peace Prize alongside Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov for “their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” This recognition reflects the importance of independent journalism and fact-checking in protecting democracy.
While Fact-Checking Day is meant to be lighthearted, it also serves as a reminder of the serious consequences of misinformation. By celebrating truth and the fight against misinformation, we can work together to create a healthier information ecosystem and promote democracy and lasting peace.
Source: IFCN (Fact-checking Day Website)