The battle for facts needs you.
This is what more than 100 organizations from the media, coalitions, civil society, business, academe, law, and the Church said as they launched a first-of-its kind initiative on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, called “#FactsFirstPH.”
#FactsFirstPH brings together various sectors that are committed to promoting truth in the public space, and exacting accountability on those who harm it with lies.
“Disinformation is a form of election fraud. Voters are deceived into supporting certain candidates and party-list groups based on lies, misinformation and disinformation. The media, academe, election watchdogs and other concerned groups and individuals should unite in promoting and upholding truth-telling this election season and beyond. Lest we forget, the future of whatever’s left of our democracy is at stake. Impunity and tyranny should not be the new normal,” Danilo Arao, Convenor of Kontra Daya said.
The Foundation for Media Alternatives joins this initiative to combat the spread of disinformation and honor our long history of fighting for truth and our democracy.
#FactsFirstPH will collectively push for truth-telling and debunking lies through four steps: fact-checking by news organizations; networking by civil society and grassroots groups; research and analysis by academic institutions; and seeking accountability by lawyers’ groups.
“The attack on facts is personal: if you defend the facts, you’re hammered down, intimidated to stay silent or join the mob. Those aren’t our only options. There is strength in standing up together. Because now more than ever, we need facts,” Rappler CEO and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa said.
The goal of FactsFirstPH is to make truth spread faster and further than lies and hate. It’s a first-of-its-kind, four-layer approach to help restore the integrity of elections, and give the public the information they need to choose the leaders they want on May 9.
As of Wednesday, January 26, over 100 organizations are part of this multi-sectoral initiative. More partners will be invited to the project.
This collaboration is supported by technology non-profit group Meedan, Rappler, and Google News Initiative.
Below is a full list of participating groups in this initiative as of 7 am of Wednesday January 26:
ABS‐CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs
Catholic Media Network
Mindanao Gold Star
#CourageON Coalition (89 members)
#PHVote Coalition (45 members)
2030 Youth Force in the Philippines
ACP3- PEACE T.A.Y.O.
Alyansa ng Kabataang Mindanao para sa Kapayapaan (AKMK)
Amateur Media Association of Philippine Scouts
Bayan Mo Patrol Mo
Break the Fake
Brotherhood of Christian – Businessmen & Professionals
Caloocan Young Leaders Initiative
Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines
Center for Trade Union and Human Rights
Coalition for People’s Right to Health
College Editors Guild of the Philippines
Concerned Artists of the Philippines
Council for Health and Development
Fact Check Philippines
FEU Central Student Organization
Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines
Foundation for Media Alternatives
Holy Angel University
Human Rights Watch
Juan Health PH
Kilos na para sa Kabuhayan, Kalusugan at Karapatan (K4)
Makati Business Club
Move As One coalition
National Alliance of Youth Leaders Inc.
Now You Know
Out of the Box
Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV)
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
Practice of Administrative Leadership and Service – NCPAG
Rise Up for Life and For Rights (and EcuVoice Philippines)
Student Council Alliance of the Philippines
UE – Manila CASSC
University of the Philippines – Los Baños
Visayas State University
YouVote Global Shapers Iloilo Hub
ACCeSs@AIM: Analytics, Computing, and Complex Systems Lab of Asian Institute of Management
De La Salle University – La Salle Institute of Governance
Far Eastern University – Public Policy Center
Philippine Media Monitoring Laboratory, UP Department of Communication Research
Rappler Research and Data team
Free Legal Assistance Group
Movement Against Disinformation
National Union of Journalists in the Philippines
Philippine Bar Association