IPC unveils iVerify Project, Platform
The International Press Centre, IPC , Lagos has launches the groundbreaking iVerify project in Abuja, FCT.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Stella Nwofia, program manager, IPC and made available to Treasure times in Lokoja
The iVerify fact-checking platform has also been unveiled on the occasion.
Supported by the UNDP and the Spanish Government, the iVerify initiative seeks to strengthen the fight against rising information disorder caused by the proliferation of disinformation, misinformation, and hate speech in the electoral and democratic processes.
The project launch was attended by media stakeholders, Non-Governmental Civil Society Organisations, International Organisations and other relevant organisations.
Others are Editors and other media managers, print/ broadcast/Online journalists, bloggers, media professional bodies, media regulatory bodies, civil society, government representatives, and international development agencies.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu deliver the keynote address while the Honourable Minister of Information, Idris Malagi gave a speech at the event as special guest of honour.
The project launch was capped by a panel session that discussed the topic “Role of Media and Institutional Stakeholders in Enhancing Information Integrity”
Speaking on the importance of the iVerify Project on Nigeria’s electoral and governance, the Executive Director of the International Press Centre, Mr Lanre Arogundade said: “If we will get it right at elections and make democracy work, the media must be strengthened to disseminate fact-checked and factually accurate electoral information and information about the governance processes, that is the essence of iVerify”.