How the Rouhani Meter Fact-Checks Iran’s President From 6,000 Miles Away

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by: Daniel Carp | Duke Reporters’ Lab

The capital of Iran’s fact-checking movement is not in Tehran, but Toronto.


When Farhad Souzanchi wanted to promote government accountability in his home country of Iran and track the campaign promises of President Hassan Rouhani, his only choice was to open an office in Canada, more than 6,000 miles away. For the last 18 months, the Rouhani Meter — a unique fact-checking website because it is run remotely from another country — has broken new ground in fact-checking journalism.

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