Tunisia fights fake news, launches TuniFact website

Journalists to use it to verify facts using scientific methods

08 June, 12:10

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JUNE 8 - A website created to counter fake news in Tunisia is now up and running in Arabic and French, the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) has announced.

    The website, called TuniFact, was created as part of a project to support freedom of expression and information in collaboration with the HIVOS association.

    The SNJT added that the website required months of work and aims to verify the veracity of news, videos, and statements in the North African country.

    Given the large amount of fake news and rumours that have spread through the Tunisian public and their impact on public opinion, TuniFact editor Arbi Samti said, there is a need to "develop a shared vision to spread quality multimedia content".

    "The platform will enable journalists to verify facts on the basis of scientific methods, as well as the traditional methods of contacting sources directly and cross-checking," said Samti, underscoring that "a state cannot be built in a society led by rumours".

    Nour Lajmi, head of the Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HAICA) noted that some seek to spread fake news, especially as concerns the elections, both in Tunisia and in other countries.

    Lajmi called for the credibility of the information to be a fundamental requirement for the media and to fight against fake news as a danger to public opinion.

    It is thus necessary, the head of HAICA said, to develop techniques enabling the verification of facts.

    In this context, he announced, there has been the signing of agreements with 11 media including the news agency TAP, the national public radio, and the private radio stations Mosaique FM and Shems FM, to monitor the authenticity of the news spread.

    (ANSAmed).

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