The Stage Media (TSM) is Liberia’s first fact-checking media institution with the overarching vision of mitigating misinformation and disinformation.
Since its establishment in 2020, The Stage Media – Liberia has collaborated and nurtured partnerships that espoused the values of tackling misinformation and disinformation while bringing to light untold stories of survivors of (abuse or civil war) and ensuring that the powerful and elites are held accountable.
Our office is in Monrovia, 9th Street Sinkor- Coleman Avenue) Registered with the Business Registration number 05626242 and tax Identification number 501215810.
We check the statements of politicians, economists, Businesspersons, public figures, the media, and viral content on social networks and classify them from “true” to “false” according to their consistency with the facts and data to which they refer.
We also produce explanations to put in context and provide data on various issues on the public agenda and we carry out journalistic investigations on key and little-discussed issues.
TSM is also involved in investigative and human-interest stories with a specific focus on anti-corruption in the security and justice sector. Also, it documents existing practices and norms that seek to obscure accountability for the powerful.
TSM fact-checking teams verify facts, not opinions or beliefs. A lack of context or a lack of strong and cross-checked evidence can also lead to the inability to publish a fact-check.
We pay keen attention to misinformation that could endanger people’s lives, and health or damage democratic peace.
TSM produces fact checks or verification articles on facts relayed either by the media, leaders, and other public figures as well as simple Internet users.
At the same time, we assist local newsrooms and other independent journalists as well as other Internet users with free training sessions on fact-checking strategies.
To ensure the independence of our content, TSM makes sure that no member of the team including the members of our advisory board is not involved in political activities or that none of us has any ties with a political group or any civic movement.
These include a commitment to nonpartisanship and fairness, transparency of sources, transparency of funding and organization, transparency of methodology, and an open and honest corrections policy.
TSM also follow the publications of each of our employees online to ensure that they have not taken a position or engaged in a political struggle. This is in order to ensure the independence of our project vis-à-vis political organizations. We are an independent team and TSM has no political link.