Fact-Checking workshop for journalists

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The US Embassy in Panama and the City of Knowledge Foundation held the workshop for journalists Fact-Checking: Verifying political speeches and content on social networks, given by the renowned American journalist Glenn Kessler, diplomatic correspondent and author of the blog "Fact Checker" of the Washington Post.

The event began with welcoming words from the Executive President of the City of Knowledge Foundation, Jorge Arosemena, who stressed that the verification of data is extremely important in a world where every second, thousands of news arise. "When it was conceived to transform this military base into a center of knowledge, what was sought was this: to find a place where the most transcendental issues of the 21st century could be discussed," Arosemena added.

“Fact Checking is basically reporting without taking sides, without letting your political beliefs get in the way, you have to hold people and politicians accountable for their statements and therefore make better informed citizens”, Kessler said.

Kessler also spoke about the plenty of Fact Checking institutions all over the world because there is a growing need and a desire for finding the truth. He also made the distinction between facts, data and opinions and how important it is to differentiate them in the internet world that can be full of fake news, rumors and hoaxes.

Kessler has been a journalist for 35 years. He started by covering Wall Street and then investigating airline safety. He covered the White House under President Clinton and started to work at the Washington Post, where he is a political fact checker. Kessler is also an expert in navigation and determination of the veracity of information.