Global Fact Conference Opens in Sarajevo

Maida Salkanović

Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina – June 26, 2024 – Global Fact, the world’s largest gathering of fact-checkers, has commenced in Sarajevo, bringing together over 500 media professionals and participants from more than 80 countries. 

This conference, organized by Poynter and the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), in partnership with Sarajevo-based organization “Why Not” (“Zašto ne”), is a significant event for those in journalism, fact-checking, academia, information technology, and media studies.

The keynote speaker for the opening session was Maria Ressa, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, who delivered an inspirational speech emphasizing the importance and power of facts and journalism.

“Facts are the only anchor in our shared reality,” Ressa highlighted.

The opening remarks were delivered by Ferdi Ferhat Özsoy, deputy director at IFCN, Angie Drobnic Helan, IFCN director, Tijana Cvjetićanin, Head of Fact-Checking at “Why Not”, and Adebayo Babajide, Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Bosnia-Herzegovina. 

Over the next three days, Global Fact 2024 will feature more than 100 speakers from leading organizations in the fields of fact-checking and journalism. These speakers will tackle crucial contemporary topics such as global elections, artificial intelligence, fact-checking in war contexts, social networks, and the increasing attacks on fact-checkers.

The conference will conclude with the GlobalFact Awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of fact-checkers worldwide. These awards honor individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed to the field of fact-checking, showcasing excellence in innovation, impact, and collaboration. This year, two of SEE Check’s members, Krik and Faktograf, are among the finalists in different categories.

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