Verify-Sy is a media platform specialized in debunking fake and wrong news and correct them. Verify-Sy aims for two important goals which are to guarantee the right of citizens to have the correct and right information and to improve Syrian media by showing the dysfunction that affects them.
The Platform Background:
Since Hafiz al-Assad took control in Syria, he imposed strict measures on the media and journalism work. Those restrictions had been tightened more when the uprising started: the Assad regime detained and killed hundreds of media activists and journalists due to their work in broadcasting the truth of what it was happening in Syria and covering the protests in Syrian cities and towns. Many of them were killed under torture in prisons and detention centers, where some are still held there.
After the Syrian Revolution shifted from the civil uprising to armed conflict, many areas in Syria had been outside Assad regime control which gave to Syrian youth the opportunity to cover battles and events in those areas. Many opponent media institutions, or also known as “the alternative media”, were formed. These institutions depended on the media activists’ work to fill the media gap, caused by the difficulty for Arab and international media to come to Syria and cover what was happening on the ground, due to security reasons.
Syrian ‘alternative media’ institutions broadcast daily a huge amount of news and photos related to the Syrian issue, and due to the fast-changing events, most of those institutions don’t follow the journalism standards in verifying news - whether it is a photo, a recording or a statement - before publishing them, which led to the circulation and promotion of fake and wrong news. Verify-Sy monitors the content published by the media institutions, of various political and religious background, in order to verify it and correct it. This is done by following the professional standards and forensic research and by using tools provided by specialized companies such as reverse-photo search and content search.
The Platform’s Team:
The team consists of 12 people. The majority are experienced journalists focused on Syria, whose tasks are management, editing, monitoring and following-up. The team monitors the news and reports from social media and media institutions from various backgrounds and verify the questioned news, photos, statements and videos.
The Team’s Work Plan:
The platform monitors what is published on social media and media institutions and keep an eye on the context to verify if it is correct. In case any journalist report is found wrong by legit proof, we correct it by communicating with the sources related to the report, or by doing a reverse-search for photos or videos posted with the report, in addition to forensic research. In the end, we publish it to the audience without any mistake or deception.
The Editorial Policy:
Verify-Sy is a media platform specialized in debunking fake and wrong news and correct them. Verify-Sy aims for two important goals which are to guarantee the right of the citizens to have the correct and right information and to improve Syrian media by showing the dysfunction that affects it.
To achieve that, Verify-Sy follows the best professional journalism and moral standards in all of its work and tasks. It aims to achieve neutrality, balance, fairness, objectivity and transparency in all reports it publishes.
Verify-Sy assures its complete independence and to use it in all its work and tasks. In addition to positive work with different media outlets, journalist institutions and journalists with an equal view and space for all of them; its main and first concern is to provide the truth, respect the audience and improve the journalism level.
Verify-Sy also assures to follow all the general and moral standards of journalism and the charters regulating it, including the Syrian media Charter of Honor.
To achieve these standards, Verify-Sy imposed to the team a series of strict rules for its editorial policy and the behaviour of the workers to ensure their neutrality, independence, integrity and balance. Verify-Sy also guarantees complete transparency in all its published materials.