The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), part of the Poynter Institute, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Poynter announced Thursday.
“Simply put: facts matter and fact-checking can save lives,” the IFCN said in a statement. “Fact checkers are working worldwide, often under threat or attack, to provide quality information and combat misinformation, often made deliberately, that pollutes society or inhibits freedom.”
Trine Skei Grande, a lawmaker with Norway’s liberal Venstre political party, nominated the IFCN for the prize, and tweeted about the decision Thursday, saying: “In war, truth is the first victim. And we live in a time where fighting lies is so important that Joe Biden mentioned it in his speech yesterday.