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Checkdesk wins multi-year funding to support online journalism in the Arab world today announces a 30 month extension of the award-winning Checkdesk project to provide tools and training to support independent online journalists across the Middle East.

With this new, ongoing support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Meedan and its partner network build on over 3 years of successful collaboration in building tools and training resources that facilitate fact-based investigative journalism in the Arab world.

Having seeded and equipped teams trained in citizen media verification in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, Checkdesk welcomes several new partners to the network:

Focusing on the verification of digital and social media, Checkdesk empowers journalists and citizen journalists to quickly fact-check online media and debunk dangerous rumor and misinformation.

Every day we see the importance of fact checking and verification of news: In a dynamic region like the Middle East, and given the increased dependency on social media as a source of news, the need for verification becomes crucial in order to fight rumors and provide credible content. We are very proud of how Checkdesk has developed so far and of the work done by our media partners in previous phases, it’s great we are able to continue our efforts and achieve more by including new partners to the project. – Dina Elhawary, Senior Project Manager

Checkdesk – which won the IPI News Innovation Contest in 2012 and was named a winner of the Knight News Challenge in 2014 – is a comprehensive media development project that incorporates innovative open-source technology (the Checkdesk platform), training and curriculum development (led by our our research and M&E partner Birmingham City University) and regional partners, and publishing by top Arabic and English-language newsrooms across the Arab world.

In this next phase of the project and BCU will extend and expand the resource portal Arab Citizen Media, bring new partners to our Journalism School social media verification training programs, and will launch a Citizen Journalist award for outstanding investigative work on the Checkdesk platform.