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First facts checking resource to appear in Kyrgyzstan

The first fact checking resource will appear in Kyrgyzstan. Nurzhan Musayeva, the head of the project «Initiatives for Development of Media Literacy in Kyrgyzstan» told today at a press conference.

According to her, the main tasks of the resource are to check the information spread in the Kyrgyz segment and reduce the manipulative influence of fake news.

A team of professional journalists will check the reliability of the information.

«The project is aimed at increasing the level of critical perception of information in the media and social networks, as well as improving access to reliable information, enhancing the media culture of journalists and media specialists,» she noted.

According to the editor of the portal factcheck.kg, Bolot Temirov, facts checking is a new direction in journalism.

«Facts checking works with open data. Within a month, we have monitored the Internet pages of the media, social networks and identified trends. We can not say that there are no fakes. They are distributed for various reasons: there are mistakes and shortcomings of journalists, but often fake news is created deliberately,» he said.

Bolot Temirov noted that the goal of the portal was to train journalists and information consumers to detect manipulations.