After the successful relaunch of the expanded Tsek.ph on January 24, UP Baguio, UP Cebu, UP Visayas, UPOU, and UP sa Halalan 2022, an initiative led by UP Diliman’s Department of Political Science, are also joining the coalition.
They are joining the institutions and initiatives composed of media, academe, and civil society organizations, committed to fighting disinformation under the banner of Tsek.ph.
Initiated in 2019, Tsek.ph is a project of the UP System, under the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs through the UP-CMC Journalism Department serving as a collaborative fact-checking network, which at the time united three academic institutions and 11 media partners as a public service commitment to counter disinformation.
As the 2022 May elections draw near, fact-checkers from a variety of fields pool their efforts once again to help educate voters as they make the crucial decision of electing new leaders, this time with old and new partners alike. Prior to the 2022 re-launch, only UP Diliman and UP Los Baños were formally in Tsek.ph.
Apart from fact-checking groups within the UP System, new members to the Tsek.ph roster include Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan and Carlos Hilado Memorial State College. Also joining is E-Boto, a civil society organization that will soon launch its own voter education website, partnered with the growing collaborative endeavor that included the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting.
These new partners will join other collaborators in a series of trainors’ training workshops organized by Tsek.ph in February on Political Fact-checking, which will be conducted by VERA Files and Verification 101- Cohort 2 by UP and Google News Initiative.
Tsek.ph will also be conducting a seminar on Ethical Fact-checking for its partners in early March.
Tsek.ph is supported by the UP System, Google News Initiative, UP Journalism Department and the UPCMC Foundation, Inc.. For more information on Tsek.ph, visit the website, join the Viber community, email [email protected], or like and follow it on Facebook and Twitter.
(This article was first published in the UP System Website on February 2, 2022)