Corruption Watch: The Project
Three years after The Association for the Promotion of Open Society (APOS) initiated the Corruption Watch Project, we have created a substantial resource for researchers and scholars in social sciences, political sciences, and economics. Our findings have been used by journalists as well as the private sector. In addition, the general public has shown a deep interest in our products on corruption and quality governance in Iran.
Impact of Corruption Watching (Iran)
In less than a year after the launch of Corruption Watch, we have not only established a platform that is used by scholars, but we are also used by the private sector who trades with Iran, and fact-checkers – namely journalists. It has also, perhaps more importantly, become quite popular among the ordinary public who are interested in the facts about corruption in Iran. In the age of social media, and the rise of fake-news, where pressure on individual citizens is greater than ever to be able to evaluate information and make informed decisions, being able to discern fact from fiction is of utmost importance.
Our success in this regard can be measured by the growth in our social media platforms. Corruption Watch reaches more than 10,000 unique subscribers via Telegram-messaging, and about 2000 followers via Twitter as well as many others via Instagram, Facebook and Vimeo, and these numbers are growing rapidly. Above all, we reach our audience through our frequent contribution and analysis via the mass media in Europe (with tens of millions of viewers worldwide) such as Radio Free Europe in Prague, Manoto TV and BBC-Persian in London. The Washington based Voice of America has used our work to produce several reports on corruption in the Islamic Republic of Iran as well.
In this fast growing, complex, and interconnected age wherein data is a precious and influential product, we believe it is imperative to understand the differences between true facts and fabricated facts – both of which are even more significant for developing countries in their struggle for better governance. Our mission is to invite intellectuals, intelligentsia and the public to be fact-checkers to set an example for others. In that we are open to share our knowledge and strategies so that they can provide methods and be used as tools.
The results of our work considering the Peace and Security studies, promoting Good Governance, and initiating Democratic Dialogue among different parties will be published soon.
Why Corruption Watch?
Corruption Watch was initiated in October 2017. The target audience for the project was all Persian speakers around the world. The project’s products have been published in a variety of formats including but not limited to infographic presentations, charts, videos, articles, and interviews on all social media platforms. This project assesses the official data and numbers reported by the Iranian government and compares the current state of affairs in Iran with other countries in the region or outside.
With this as the starting point, our foundation that is based in Germany, and has diverse members across Europe and the United States, we started an initiative called Corruption Watch in September 2017.
The focus of Corruption Watch is on Persian speaking audiences (of more than 120 million Iranians and non-Iranians both inside and outside of Iran). We provide our public with interactive illustrations, graphs and audio-visual material through social media and the mass media. In doing this, we refer to official data and facts reported by the Iranian government itself, international organisations, as well as statistics from other countries. Using this information and data we compare Iran’s current situation with other countries inside and outside of the region.
We regularly check the statements of Iran’s politicians and officials, particularly in the field of economic and social matters. Due to the limited access to resources (free internet and uncensored media), it is difficult for people inside Iran to prove the validity of statements for themselves through the use of information openly available on the internet. Therefore, we seek to carry out this role for people and produce easy to understand infographics among other interactive and audio-visual products that prove or disprove the validity of statements made by politicians and other officials.
Honest and open corrections policy
The APOS must correct errors quickly and transparently. We do not set a time limit on corrections, and they are brought to the attention of the reader in a clear and formal manner.
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