“Divisions in Cyprus amplify fact-checking challenges”, by Louis Jacobson/PolitiFact

Cyprus, a divided Mediterranean island, faces challenges of misinformation, with a UN buffer zone separating the predominantly Greek south and Turkish north. Amid increasing misinformation and fake news, Fact Check Cyprus, initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic, strives to combat misinformation on the island. The project addresses various issues beyond COVID-19, including immigration and LGBTQ+ policies. Despite the linguistic and physical divisions, Fact Check Cyprus aims to counter disinformation channels and apply for accreditation with the International Fact-Checking Network. Challenges include low journalist salaries, media ownership concerns, and the linguistic divide, emphasizing the need for media literacy initiatives.

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