Monrovia-July 28,2021-WTVNEWS: Over twenty (20) Liberian Journalists are currently being trained on fact-checking disinformation, misinformation, and misinformation in the public and social media through a program Organized by DUBAWA- Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) in partnership with THE STAGE MEDIA.

The training is taking place at a local hotel in Monrovia.

DUBAWA is an internationally accredited fact-checking platform with membership in the International Fact-checking Network (IFCN). It is a project of the PTCIJ, a West African center for journalism innovation and development, and currently has offices in Nigeria and Ghana with footprints in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Gambia as well. Dubawa aims at amplifying truth and enhancing public discourse through media literacy, capacity building, and rigorous fact-checking, while THE STAGE MEDIA is a Liberian fact-checking platform that was established in 2020 to fight the dissemination of disinformation contents online and ensure to produce ethical accurate news information of human stories with high- quality coverage.

The training which commences today with a launching ceremony of DUBAWA in Liberia is expected to enhance the skills of participants on identifying the best sources for fact-checking and how to use multimedia verification tools for facts-checking, to use the freedom of information law in enforcing their fact-checking practices, to use data and geolocation tools as well as understand numbers and interpret data amongst others.

” The government of Liberia appreciates DUBAWA-PTCIJ for organizing this platform. Liberia has set itself apart for creating a broadening media environment which continues to flourish and this receives a boost under the leadership of President George M. Weah, what his administration without any urgent decided to decriminalized speech offenses in the first year of his ascendency”, Boakai Fofana, Deputy Minister of Information said.

Min. Fofana added that it is a testament to the result of development to ensure that Journalists work in an environment that is free of harassment and intimidations, that President Weah now challenges leaders in the Journalism community to assure the responsibility of ensuring that their colleagues do their works in a professional and creditable manner.

Dapo Olorunyomi, Executive Director Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) Malcolm Joseph, Executive Director Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding (Cemesp), Caroline Anipah, Programmes Manager Dubawa Ghana and Adedeji Adekunke, Director Dubawa are major facilitators.

Participating Journalists were drawn from WOMEN’S TV Liberia, Local Voices Liberia, The Bush chicken Newspaper, Okayfm-Liberia, and Voice of Liberia among others.

Oluwatosin Alagbe, PTCIJ program Director, giving the overview of Dubawa-PTCIJ mentioned that disinformation and misinformation pose a serious challenge to democracy, public health, sound public policy, and electoral integrity in a country, that which, they have come to support their peers in executing this training on the global information crisis.

Alagbe stated that Dubawa has trained over three hundred (300) Journalists in FACT-CHECKING in Nigeria and Ghana.

Heads of Institutions s including The Female Journalists Association of Liberia (Fejal), Reporters Association of Liberia (RAL), University of Liberia Mass Communication Department, and others lauded Dubawa and partner for the initiative and encourage participants to make proper use of the knowledge that will be shared during the training.

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