Applications Now Open for ‘Fair Game,’ an Initiative Backing Free and Fair Elections in Brazil

The ICFJ program, supported by YouTube Brazil, is seeking project ideas that will stem the ‘torrent of lies’ expected amid the country’s 2022 campaigns.

Fact-checkers and journalists in Brazil committed to fighting mis- and disinformation ahead of the country’s upcoming elections will receive additional support through an initiative announced today called “Jogo Limpo,” or “Fair Game.” The program, run by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and supported by YouTube Brazil, will provide funding and mentorship for innovative projects that bolster the democratic process.

Jogo Limpo will provide a total of $150,000 – up to $25,000 per project – for content production, technology development and media literacy initiatives that combat misleading information  about Brazil’s elections in October. In addition, the program will provide three months of expert mentorship. Mentors will be hand-picked by ICFJ staff from among the best Portuguese-speaking specialists in the ICFJ network. Mentors will guide awardees from day one, with a strong focus on impact.

“Just like in 2018, the Brazilian public is expected to face a torrent of lies designed to undermine the country’s electoral process,” said Johanna Carrillo, ICFJ’s vice president of programs. “But we also know there is a cadre of highly dedicated journalists and fact-checkers who are finding innovative ways to fight back. With Jogo Limpo, our goal is to support their best ideas – those with the potential to make a big impact.”

Applications for the program are open until May 15. ICFJ will partner with a team of external experts to identify the most innovative and creative proposals, those initiatives that can truly reach different audiences and fight mis- and disinformation.

"The Brazilian elections are a priority for YouTube and we have invested efforts to combat disinformation on the platform. We are constantly updating and improving systems and mechanisms, aiming to ensure protection and a better experience for our users. Today, we announce our partnership with the ICFJ to increasingly provide tools and other forms of support in the fight against disinformation and we reinforce our commitment and partnership with journalists and reliable sources of information", highlights Alana Rizzo, public policy manager at YouTube Brazil.

Proposals sent to Jogo Limpo do not necessarily need to be linked to YouTube, Google or even have an audiovisual format. Learn more and apply.

About ICFJ

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) empowers a global network of journalists to produce news reports that lead to better governments, stronger economies, more vibrant societies and healthier lives. We serve our community by providing training, mentoring, fellowships and financial support in investigative journalism, critical-issues reporting, media innovation and financial sustainability, as well as through cutting-edge research and resources. Learn more at

About YouTube Brazil

Launched in May 2005, YouTube enables billions of people to discover, watch and share videos. YouTube provides space for people to connect, inform and inspire others around the world, acting as a plural platform for authorial content creators, advertisers and the general public. YouTube is a Google company.

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