Fact-checking is a necessary 21st-century skill

Training on fact-checking was held with the support of the UNESCO Tashkent Office.

A five-day workshop for journalists, bloggers and media specialists on the theme “Fact-checking in caption video format” was held at the National Association of Electronic Mass Media (NAEMM) from 18 to 22 February 2020. The workshop was conducted by Mr Moath Althaher, Jordanian specialist in fact-checking.

The workshop focused on enhancing knowledge of media specialists on fact-checking, which is an element of media information literacy (MIL) and a necessary "21st-century skill".

"I would like to continue working on the identification of fakes in the media and explore this area as deeply as possible. As I cannot just continue to look at the speed with which false news, photos, and videos are distributed today. Because I can't just keep looking at how fast the fake news, photos, and videos are spreading today. This training helped me improve my professional knowledge and skills," Bekzod Abdusamadov shared his impressions of the training.

In addition, on 22 February, Mr Moath Althaher gave a fact-finding lecture to students at the University of Journalism and Mass Communication. At the lecture, he spoke about the difference between misinformation and disinformation, how Twitter becomes a fake distribution site, and what other problems a modern journalist should be prepared for in the information environment.

Mr Moath Althaher with students of the University of Journalism and Mass Communication

The workshop was conducted by the UNESCO Tashkent Office in cooperation with the National Association of Electronic Mass Media (NAEMM) and Modern Journalism Development Centre within the framework of the UNESCO project “Enhancing the Capacity of Uzbek Media to Serve the Public Interest. Phase II” funded generally by the UK Government in the amount of $ 190,450. The project focuses on enhancing the capacity of Uzbek media sector to produce more objective, inclusive high-quality media content.

It’s worth noting that, UNESCO works on promoting Media and Information Literacy (MIL) through massive open online courses and practical handbook on MIL and Fake news in Media for journalists, students and faculty of journalism.