Through this project, Defy Hate Now aimed to increase the health of information shared, setting up and supporting the South Sudan Fact-checkers network. The network has over 25 journalists who have been working on fact-checking stories and investigations over a period of 3 months.
Journalists who were part of the Facts Matter fellowship benefited from training programs, monthly meet-ups, webinars, access to Internet and other resources needed to accomplish their fact-checking and investigate work. Fellows developed media content that is shared on online and on traditional media channels with the aim of reaching the wider South Sudanese audience. The aim was to occupy the media space with factual information and create an environment for trust among stakeholders and citizens. This has resulted in a post about the new fellowship in action, and four stories so far – examples below.