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Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) on June 6 constituted a six-member Fact Checking Committee (FCC) within the union.

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The committee is entrusted with verifying information reported by media houses associated with the Arunachal Press Club (APC), APUWJ, and the Arunachal Electronic & Digital Media Association (AEDMA).

It is empowered to conduct suo moto fact-checking exercise on any news or article that has potentially misleading content being telecast and published by the associated media members, within a stipulated time frame.

The committee will be led by APC President Dodum Yangfo.

Stressing on importance of FCC in the union, APUWJ President Amar Sangno said, “The role of APUWJ is not only to organize the working journalists of the state into a united force and strive for freedom of the press but also to ensure that the highest standards of professional conduct and integrity are maintained.”

Sangno further stated, “Currently we are inundated by fake news, misinformation and disinformation on social media, and by many of our own media outlets registered with us.”

He added that to ensure unbiased dissemination of information, the APUWJ has constituted the six-member FCC within the union.

APUWJ General Secretary Ranju Dodum opined that media bodies cannot regulate or stop the fake content spreads.

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He, however, pointed out that fact-checking within media houses will help to curb misinformation or unverified news content in addition to generating awareness on responsible journalism.

Dodum hoped that the formation of FCC would definitely help in building a renewed sense of responsibility among media outlets in stemming unverified news spread and foster credibility.

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