The Sach Ke Sathi – Bihar Elections Media Literacy
Campaign was classified mainly into three broad categories:
A- Vishvas.News team informed people on what to do or what not to do while consuming election-related or general news on social media platforms. Furthermore, people were being informed about the voting process issued by the Election Commission of India and some basic tips related to the code of conduct.
B – Vishvas News sensitized people on how to prevent themselves from COVID-19 and misinformation around it.
C- Vishvas News intended to create a strong hyperlocal community of fact champions to stop the flow of misinformation on Bihar elections.
Vishvas News hosted a session on October 21, 2019 that was attended by IFCN’s Director Baybars Orsek, who shared the details about the IFCN, its work and activities, code of principles and also the growth of the fact-checking movement globally.
Sach Ke Sathi is a training programme against fake news and it was launched to create awareness among the common citizens on misinformation and its impact in society.
Under this training programme, Vishvasnews.com team visited 9 cities of 3 Indian states and trained the people on how to identify fake news and save themselves from this menace.
The main objective of the program was to make people aware of fake news and encourage them to spread the information about fact checking in their social circle – among family, friends and colleagues.
Vishvas.News organised a Fact Check Conclave where the Google News Initiative India Network Trainers joined to celebrate the International Fact-Checking day on April 2. The event was also witnessed by S. Y. Quraishi, the ex election commissioner of India.
Vishvas News organised weekly webinars on Media Literacy in which people were also made aware about the prevention from Corona virus and fake news related to it. In this one-hour video conference, the fact-checkers and experts not only showed fact checks related to the corona virus, but also showed people how to identify it themselves. The latest official information related to the corona virus was also shared with the audience during the webinars. At the same time, measures to prevent corona virus, ways to keep your family safe, symptoms of corona infection and ways to get help were also covered.