Who We Are

The FactCheckHub is an initiative of the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (The ICIR) aimed at combatting misinformation and disinformation in the society. Established in May 2020 with headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory -Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, we are an independent, impartial fact-checking organisation from Africa.

Our Mission

The FactCheckHub is a non-partisan platform for fact-checking with the primary aim of combatting misinformation, disinformation, hoaxes and rumours about topical issues including COVID-19, elections, health and governance, among others.

We also monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major political and business players across Africa; be it in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews or press releases.

Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and technology to increase public knowledge and understanding on all public issues.

Our Objectives

  1. To promote and create awareness on public issues through the dissemination of balanced and evidence-based reports, while also combatting rumours, misinformation and disinformation about topical issues.

  2. To foster a fact-checking culture among the general public, by improving public knowledge and creating an online platform that serves as a repository of factual and truth-based information that will assist members of the general public in making informed decisions and holding the government accountable.

Our Ethical Policy for FactCheckHub Journalists

At The FactCheckHub, we strive to present factual, fair, independent and objective reports devoid of personal biases and opinions.

Our editors and reporters are non-partisan and open-minded in their work. We avoid doing anything that compromises The FactCheckHub’s credibility and our editorial independence. Our ethical policy applies to full-time fact-checkers and interns.

Our Ownership

The FactCheckHub is fully owned by The ICIR, a non-profit organisation promoting accountability and transparency in governance in Africa.

The organisation and governance of The ICIR can be seen here.

The ICIR was registered in Nigeria in 2010. It's registration number is RC 41451.

The ICIR has always been interested in curbing misinformation; particularly in the months leading to Nigeria's 2019 general election, the centre undertook a collaborative project which birthed the CrossCheck Nigeria.

The CrossCheck Nigeria was a collaborative verification project aimed at helping the public make sense of what and who to trust online, prior to and during Nigeria’s 2019 general election.

Since then, The ICIR has maintained a robust fact-check operation. The misinformation epidemic that came with Coronavirus provided the impetus to start a full-fledged fact-checking operation, with its own newsroom and dedicated staff.

Our Partners/Funders (For FactCheckHub)

The FactCheckHub does not accept donations from anonymous sources, political parties, elected government officials or candidates seeking public office, or any other source we would consider a conflict of interest.

As a matter of policy, we do not give donors or advertisers any influence over our reports or ratings, as our editorial independence and fairness is pertinent to the work we do. This is clearly stated in our Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with our partners/grantors.

Also, our team of dedicated journalists solely decide on claims to fact-check, as well as our fact gauge metre ratings.

Prior to 2023 fiscal year, the FactCheckHub was fully funded by the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (The ICIR) since it began its fact-checking and media literacy operations in June 2020, though officially launched in August 2020.

Through The ICIR's $23,000 partnership deal with the Digital Public Square in 2022, The FactCheckHub implemented a disinformation and media literacy project which birthed the Get It Right trivia game - a web-based gamified platform for teaching members of the public basic verification and critical thinking skills.

By 2023, the FactCheckHub received a $25,000 grant from the Google/YouTube's Global Fact-check Fund being administered by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).

Later in 2023, The FactCheckHub implemented the 'Countering Misinformation and Promoting Media Literacy' project - courtesy of a 100,000 Euros grant The ICIR received from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Abuja, Nigeria.

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