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PRESS RELEASE: Join MovePH’s webinar on July 22–Why fact-checking is critical to good governance

Is it possible to promote good governance when facts don’t come first?

As Filipinos have witnessed in recent years, disinformation drowns out facts, diverts public attention from important issues, and degrades the value of honesty and integrity.

In the May 2022 elections, we saw how social media was used to spread false information and propaganda, in an attempt to boost certain candidates and discredit their rivals.

Purveyors of false information and vloggers have also been tapped to shape public perception.

This is why several newsrooms and organizations have launched fact-checking efforts to combat the spread of false information online. #FactsFirstPH, an initiative awarded as Most Innovative and Impactful Collaboration at Global Fact 9, is one of the pioneering movements around the world committed to promoting truth in the public space and exacting accountability from those who harm it by maximizing the impact of fact-checking.

What can individuals and communities do to fight disinformation and demand good governance? How exactly can fact-checking help uphold transparency and accountability under a new administration? Why is fact-checking critical to good governance?

To answer these questions and more, Rappler’s civic engagement arm MovePH has been leading a series of fact-checking webinars. These webinars aim to train participants to understand the current online landscape, spot disinformation online, and combat it.

We invite you to join our next fact-checking webinar, set for July 22 at 4 pm.

Speakers include Rappler head of digital services Gemma Mendoza, Rappler researcher-writer Loreben Tuquero, and UNESCO consultant Rowena Carranza Paraan.

This webinar is being supported under the UN Joint Programme for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Philippines and will be co-hosted by the following institutions and organizations:

  • De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila
  • DLSU Student Media Council (Ang Pahayagang Plaridel, Archers Network, Green Giant FM, Green and White, Malate Literary Folio, and The LaSallian)
  • DLS Araneta University’s Tinig Student Publications Office
  • Department of Technology Communication Management – USTP CDO Campus
  • League of Young Catalysts
  • Project Spot The Red Flag
  • PUP Bataan’s The Marker Publication
  • University of the Philippines Baguio – University Student Council
Here’s how you can register for Rappler Events:

Registration is open until July 21, 5 pm. If you signed up past the deadline or have any questions about the event, you may send an email to [email protected]

Registered participants will receive a confirmation email from MovePH on or before July 21. – Rappler.com

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