Saturday night date with a fact-checker

Feb 11, 2019 at 07:10 pm by Staff

The fight against fake news gets its own TV slot with a new segment on France's TF1.

In a partnership with Agence France Press, the Saturday news programme will show viewers how journalists debunked a fake story, analysing how the false information had been spread and explaining how fact-checking techniques were used. The result will also be made accessible on the AFP Fact Check blog.

The partnership with TF1 is the latest initiatives to promote and illustrate the fight against disinformation, and highlights the efforts of the agency's global network of fact-checking teams.

Global news director Phil Chetwynd says TF1 will benefit from AFP's fact-checking expertise, "which is part of AFP's DNA and of its historical mission".

TF1 head of news Thierry Thuillier says the project demonstrates their "desire to fight the phenomenon of disinformation with even greater rigour".

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