Thomas Kent on the Difficulties of Fact-Checking Statements from Authoritarian States

Friday, June 26, 2020

Thomas Kent (Adjunct Associate Professor of International Affairs) spoke at the annual conference of the International Fact Checking Network on the difficulties in fact-checking statements from authoritarian states. The world’s fact-checking networks are growing fast, but there’s a gap: no one is consistently checking statements from authoritarian countries because it’s almost impossible for fact-checkers to work inside them. Kent proposed the creation of offshore groups to do this, under the aegis of the IFCN.