Fact-checkers around the world are under threat. We help fact-checkers with legal defence, so they can keep doing their important work.

The Fact-checkers Legal Support Initiative (FLSI) connects fact-checkers with pro bono lawyers, helps to pay legal fees, and produces guides on legal and non-legal issues fact-checkers need to know.

Fact-checkers around the world are under threat. We help fact-checkers with legal defence, so they can keep doing their important work. The Fact-checkers Legal Support Initiative (FLSI) connects fact-checkers with pro bono lawyers, helps to pay legal fees, and gives technical legal support to pro bono lawyers.

 

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If you need legal support because of your fact-checking work, apply using MLDI’s secure application portal.

The expertise of three leading media law and journalism organizations

In recent years non-partisan fact-checking has emerged as a vital tool to address the spread of misinformation. However, the individuals and organizations who check facts are being targeted with online harassment, physical threats and legal action. The majority of fact-checkers around the world are small, independent, not-for-profit organizations. When threatened with lawsuits many do not have the resources to defend themselves. The Fact-checkers Legal Support Initiative (FLSI) is a collaboration between three leading media law and journalism organizations, designed to meet this need. Read more.

Media Legal Defence Initiative

The Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) works globally to provide legal defense to journalists – supporting individual journalists with financial and technical legal support to defend cases against them, and pursuing impact litigation to bring media laws in-line with international standards.

IFCN @Poynter

The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) is a unit of the Poynter Institute dedicated to bringing together fact-checkers worldwide. The IFCN promotes basic standards through the fact-checkers’ code of principles and projects to track the impact of fact-checking.

Reporters Committee

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) provides pro bono legal representation, amicus curiae support, and other legal resources to protect First Amendment freedoms and the newsgathering rights of journalists in the USA.

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New legal guides for fact-checkers available now

RCFP, Fact-checkers Legal Support Initiative launch guides for the U.S., Brazil, Italy and the Philippines Given the spread of misinformation around the world, the role fact-checkers play in ensuring information is accurate and reliable has become increasingly...

Leading media law and journalism organizations announce new legal support for fact-checkers

Fact-checkers around the world are under threat. However, from today, fact-checkers will be able to access legal support and resources through the Fact-checkers Legal Support Initiative (FLSI). The project is being launched today by three leading media law and journalism organizations: the Media Legal Defence Initiative, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the International Fact-Checking Network.