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G20 fact-checkathon

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G20 fact-checkathon
Sorting fact from fiction - the world over
Soon after the G20 Leaders' Summit held in Brisbane, Australia, 9 fact-checking organizations from 8 different countries joined forces to fact-check their leaders' statements.
Here are some of their fact-checks!
Global fact-checking
"We managed to create 6 million new jobs in Turkey since the 2008 financial crisis."
Ahmet Davutoglu,
Prime Minister
TURKEY
HALF TRUE -
Read the full fact-check on Dogruluk Payi:
http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/5469b757a3c57
Fact-checked: the real figure is ca. 5 million
"This year we created 153 thousand jobs"
Matteo Renzi,
Prime Minister
ITALY
HALF TRUE
- Read the full fact-check on Pagella Politica:
Fact-checked: the real figure is ca. 96 thousand
https://pagellapolitica.it/dichiarazioni/analisi/4565/matteo-renzi
Herman van Rompuy,
President of the European Council
European Union
ALMOST TRUE
- Read the full fact-check on FactCheckEU
Fact-checked: only if you take the sum of EU Institutions and its Member States
https://factcheckeu.org/factchecks/show/616/herman-van-rompuy
"The EU is the world's largest donor"
Barack Obama,
President
United States (1/2)
HALF TRUE
- Read the full fact-check on PolitiFact
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/nov/18/barack-obama/obama-us-has-put-more-people-back-work-all-other-a/
"Over the last few years, we’ve put more people back to work than all the other advanced economies combined"
Fact-checked: the former is actually smaller. Also, labor participation has fallen.
Dilma Rousseff,
President
Brazil
TRUE -
Read the full fact-check on
O Globo Preto No Branco
http://oglobo.globo.com/blogs/preto-no-branco/posts/2014/11/18/g20-dilma-eletricidade-555044.asp
"Electricity reaches more than 99% of our population"
Fact-checked: 99.8% of households had access to electricity in 2013
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner,
President
Argentina
TRUE -
Read the full fact-check on
Chequeado
http://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/2243-cfk-por-primera-vez-en-la-historia-del-g-20-la-cuestion-de-la-reestructuracion-de-deudas-soberanas-fue-planteada-en-el-comunicado-final-.html
"For the first time in the history of the G-20 the subject of restructuration of sovereign debts was included in the final communiqué"
Fact-checked: communiqué does indeed mention debt restructuring
South African
Government
South Africa
INCORRECT -
Read the full fact-check on Africa Check
"African women (between the ages of 15-34 years) constitute 37.5% of youth not in
employment and not in education/training
(NEET) compared with 31.5% for white males."
Fact-checked: the reality is much more stark - 49.1% versus 1.1%.
Barack Obama,
President
United States (2/2)
TRUE -
Read the full fact-check on
the Washington Post's Fact-Checker
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/11/18/obamas-g20-claim-of-the-longest-stretch-of-uninterrupted-private-sector-job-growth-in-history/
"The United States is in the longest stretch of uninterrupted private sector job growth in its history."
Fact-checked: that's true as far back as records go
Follow us for more fact-checks!
Argentina -
@Chequeado - http://chequeado.com/
Australia -
@ABCFactcheck - http://www.abc.net.au/news/factcheck/
Brazil -
#PretonoBranco @OGloboPolitica - http://www.blogpretonobranco.com.br/
European Union
- @FactCheckEU - https://factcheckeu.org/
Italy
- @PagellaPolitica - https://pagellapolitica.it/
South Africa
- @AfricaCheck - http://africacheck.org/
Turkey
- @Dogrulukpayicom - http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/
USA
- @PolitiFact - www.politifact.com / @GlennKesslerWP - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker
For further information contact Alexios Mantzarlis of Pagella Politica / FactCheckEU
a.mantzarlis@pagellapolitica.it
"Barack Obama has to get any initiative on climate change through a hostile US congress."
Joe Hockey,
Treasurer
AUSTRALIA
OVERSTATED -
Read the full fact-check on ABC News Factcheck
Fact-checked: he can act on the US-China pledge without congress
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-18/hockey-overstating-congress-obama-emissions-pledge-fact-check/5891034
http://africacheck.org/reports/do-black-women-make-up-37-5-of-unemployed-south-africans-aged-15-34/
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