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Arabic translation of the Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting released

25 July 2016 | PRESS RELEASE


25 July, 2016

The European Journalism Centre and the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center in Doha, Qatar officially announce the release of the website version of the Arabic translation of the Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting. The translated version was produced with the financial and editorial support of the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center, with an aim of producing a free resource that media professionals and journalism students in the Arab world can access for better verification of user-generated content in their journalistic research. The project was also made possible with a translation effort by Meedan, a non-profit based in San Francisco, California. This is the first official translation of this edition of the handbook since the release in 2015.

The Arabic version is now made available via the following URL:


The European Journalism Centre has also partnered with the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center to co-organise the News Impact Summit Doha, an initiative powered by the Google News Lab. At the summit, the organisations officially launched the print edition of the handbook and handed out the copies to the participants of this event. This handbook is planned to be used for training programmes in the MENA region, and other versions will be made available on the site at a later stage.

About the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Centre

The Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Centre was launched on February 24, 2004. The Centre offers professional training courses and reliable consultancy services to media organisations, students and professionals, including Al Jazeera Media Network’s staff, in accordance with the latest professional and technical standards. It is also responsible of developing strategies to translate Al Jazeera Media Network expertise into transferable knowledge, so that media amateurs and professionals worldwide can benefit from it.

About Meedan

Meedan is a social technology company that builds digital tools for global journalism and translation, conducts research on journalism best practices on social media, and leads trainings around the world on collaborative journalism and media verification. Meedan’s Checkdesk is an award-winning open source platform for newsrooms to investigate, analyse and contextualise user-generated content, and to track the credibility and trustworthiness of social media accounts. Meedan is a founding member of First Draft, a coalition of experts sharing best practices and training in how to discover, verify and publish eyewitness media for news. Meedan has translated both editions of the Verification Handbook into Arabic.


For more information about the Verification Handbook, please contact:
Rina Tsubaki
Tel: +31 43 325 40 30

Verification Handbook
The Verification Handbook is a groundbreaking new resource for journalists and aid responders, which provides step-by-step guidelines for using user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies.