The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 01/30/2020

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The code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network IFCN at Poynter is a series of commitments organizations abide by to promote excellence in fact-checking. The following fact checks come from IFCN fact checkers. (D. Van Zandt)


Claim: Did students in Ghana successfully create a vaccine that cured a patient who had the deadly coronavirus?

Lead Stories rating: Hoax

Fake News: Students In Ghana Have NOT Successfully Created Vaccine For Coronavirus; Côte d’Ivoire Patient NOT Cured


Claim by Jill Karofsky: “The Department of Corrections budget in Wisconsin is more than the Department of Education budget.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate muddles claim on education vs. corrections spending


Claim by TRUMP LAWYER JAY SEKULOW: “The president of the United States, before he was the president, was under an investigation. It was called Crossfire Hurricane. It was an investigation led by the FBI.”

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Trump defense wrong about FBI investigation


Claim by Viral meme: “A husband and wife Chinese spy team were recently removed from a Level 4 Infectious Disease facility in Canada for sending pathogens to the Wuhan facility.”

FactCheck.org rating: False

Coronavirus Wasn’t Sent by ‘Spy’ From Canada


Claim by Donald Trump: “We are protecting people with pre-existing conditions, and we always will, the Republican Party, pre-existing conditions. We saved it.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Wildwood, New Jersey


International Fact Checks

Claim by Multiple sources: Photo shows hospital building constructed in 16 hours in Wuhan

Claim by Yemi Osinbajo: The World Health Organization reports that in 2018, 4% of deaths in Nigeria were caused by cancer.

Claim by Yemi Osinbajo: Nigeria’s cancer cases are about 15% of cases in West Africa.

Disclaimer: We are providing links to fact checks by the IFCN. If you do not agree with a fact check, please directly contact the source of that fact check.

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