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Our Approach

We care about the facts

EDMO BELUX brings together an experienced and extensive network of fact-checkers, disinformation analysts, media literacy organisations and academics to detect, analyse and expose emerging harmful disinformation campaigns. The project thereby pays specific attention to disinformation that targets pan-EU or EU policies. The project pays specific attention to disinformation that targets Belgium, Luxembourg or EU policies.

Through rapid alerts in the network, fact checks and investigative reporting will reach first responders to disinformation (media, civil society, government) in order to minimize the impact of disinformation campaigns.

AFP, a global leader in digital verification, is a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) code of principles.  These include a commitment to: non-partisanship and fairness, transparency of sources, transparency of funding and organisation, transparency of methodology and an open and honest corrections policy. AFP’s work is carried out by fact-checking editors and a worldwide network of journalists, following the editorial standards and key guiding principles of the AFP global news agency. As well as traditional journalism skills, AFP uses a number of simple tools to verify online information, some common sense and a lot of caution. Starting out with a specific question, AFP seeks to investigate and report dubious stories and claims that may or may not end up on our newswires. It seeks non-partisan, publicly available information in its investigations, and links to it online. AFP’s journalists monitor online content in local languages, from Amharic to Hindi, German or Dutch. They take into account local cultures, languages and politics and work with AFP’s bureaus worldwide to investigate and disprove false information, focusing on items that can be harmful, impactful and manipulative.

RTL Luxembourg will provide fact-checks for the local territory. RTL’s newsroom is composed by professional and experimented journalists working for the public service TV news channel RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg and radio station RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg, as well as for the leading news media in Luxembourg, the digital platform RTL.lu. RTL Luxembourg has set up high standards for its news coverage, defined by a clear editorial line, a deontology code for all journalists and a self-controlling ethics council. Special standards and workflows are applied for the fact-checking team of journalists.

RTBF (Radio-télévision belge de la Communauté française), the Belgian French-speaking national media public service provides fact-checked articles regarding information circulating on social networks. It also analyses certain public statements to decipher their content in order to enlighten readers on their veracity. Before publishing a fact-checked article, we verify sources within the Belgian French media community. The fact-checked articles published are co-ordinated by a dedicated editorial team comprising of various journalists, experts in their field.

On the homepage of this website, a rubric highlighting an ‘Editor’s choice’ fact- check is included. This fact-check is selected because of its depth and quality, or its link to breaking news. The flow of fact-checks is continuously archived in our fact-checking Archives. This repository offers visitors of the website the opportunity to navigate past fact-checks and to observe any evolving patterns or narratives.

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