December 17, 2020
StopFake, the Ukrainian fact-checking project at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy School of Journalism, received the Sjur Lindebraekke Memorial Prize in Oslo (Norway). The award is named after a well-known banker and politician, member of the Nobel Committee, and is awarded to individuals and organizations for their achievements in supporting human rights and freedoms, and for helping to build democracy.
This year’s ceremony was held online due to quarantine restrictions. Along with the announcement of the winner, the organizers held a webinar on “How to save democracy from fake news?”, with the participation of representatives of the Norwegian Parliament, the Civita think tank, Facebook, fact-checking project Faktisk.no, the Norwegian independent editorial board for fact-checking the public debate, and StopFake.
“We are very pleased that the StopFake project team has earned such a high appreciation of our many years of work. It is a special honor for us to be in the company of people and organizations that have been awarded the prize in previous years, world-renown defenders of human political and economic freedoms, human rights organizations, ”commented StopFake CEO Ruslan Deinichenko.
In previous years, the winners of the award were the Center for Civil Liberties for the Euromaidan SOS project (2014), Venezuelan human rights activist Lillian Tintori (2016), founder of the charity Antisemitism Policy Trust, Knight of the Order of the British Empire Danny Stone (2019) and others.
Congratulations to StopFake and the project’s team on their tireless work to defend truth and democracy through exposing fake news and disinformation.