Turkish media had enough problems before the coronavirus hit in early March. Political polarization, the routine arrest of journalists and the takeover of mainstream media by pro-government allies made journalists’ lives difficult, especially the few working for independent outlets.
That is the context in which fact-checking nonprofit organization Teyit—which translates as ‘confirmation’—has been working in during the COVID-19 crisis. Founded in October 2016 by journalist Mehmet Atakan Foça, it debunks misinformation and conducts investigations into disinformation campaigns that are gaining traction online. The 17-strong team of full-time journalists targets a younger audience of Turkish news consumers, producing native content specifically tailored for audiences on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. It is part of the International Fact-Checking Network and one of First Draft News’ partners.Read More