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South Africa: Fact-Checking Service Launched
Source: http://www.bizcommunity.com
Source Date: Thursday, November 08, 2012
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: South Africa
Created: Nov 08, 2012

Speaking to journalists the launch, Harber laid out the purpose of this new service: "We will quite simply follow things that are said in the public arena by politicians or by other media or by experts, and where we think they need checking, we will verify them and we will publish what we find, to say this was true, this was not true, or it was disputed and here's how you understand the nature of that dispute."

The non-profit service functions on the support of partners and donations - Google is listed as one of the donors - while a team of fact-checkers at the university do the heavy lifting.

"In South Africa it can be difficult," said Harber, "Although we have a constitution and laws about transparency and openness and making public data available to the public, in practice it is not always easy to get the information. There's not necessarily a culture of openness in a lot of government departments."

Though only available in South Africa at the moment, the project intends to expand to other African nations. Africa Check also aims to involve journalists and other interested parties through an interactive forum.
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