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September 9, 2015

South Asia Check officially launched

Panos South Asia

Panos South Asia, a regional media development non-governmental organization based in Nepal, announced on Wednesday the official launch of South Asia Check, a fact-checking project.

PSA made the announcement at the end of a two-day training of fact-checking team on Wednesday by Alexios Mantzarlis, managing editor of Italy-based Pagella Politica.

South Asia Check (southasiacheck.org) was unveiled on August 24 as a beta version. The idea behind this project is to strengthen accountability and transparency in politics, government and public debate. The section on fact-checking aims to precisely do that.

A team of journalists carries out this work and they have editorial independence (For more, please check the About Us section on southasiacheck.org). PSA is aware of its role as an ally of the media and would continue to support the media in role as a watchdog.

Panos intends to expand this work across South Asia in future and is working toward that end.

Subsequently, South Asia Check intends to share its skills and knowledge regarding fact-checking. “We would like to train reporters and other media institutions if there is an interest,” said Mohan Mainali, editor of South Asia Check. “After all, one of the objectives is that journalists do fact-check of their stories themselves.”

This is currently a year-long project (July 2015 to June 2016) supported by US-based National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

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