COVA to "delegitimize" fake news, to hold workshop for journalists, IT professionals, social activists, faith leaders

The Confederation of Voluntary Associations (COVA), a Hyderabad-based network for responsible citizenship and global peace, has begun a new initiative, Check-It, to “delegitimize” fake news. The Check-It programme, says COVA, aims to sensitize and educate people to delink the perceived legitimacy of all printed word and broadcasted messages and properly verify the veracity before accepting and more importantly forwarding it with others, especially on social media platforms.
Partners for Check-It IT TechCamp, which is scheduled for September 29-30 in Mahabubnagar, Hyderabad, would include IT professionals, reporters from print and electronic media, faith leaders, social activists, police, and concerned citizens active on social media.
The Check-It TechCamp would be on the theme ‘Decoding Fake News and Propagating It’, and it will address and counter the spread of fake news, with participants are being trained in harvesting fake news, decoding fake news, propagating the decoded fake news, and give training to others on the same.
Leading national and local newspapers and TV channels have agreed to the proposal of COVA to carry daily/regular items on fake news exposures -- both past and current. COVA has an Interfaith Forum comprising of leaders of different faiths.

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