Fact-checking Firms Partner to Tackle Africa’s Fake News Problem

AW No cost Foundation is a non-revenue organisation established by AfricaWeb, explained as one of the largest publishers in Africa operating in Ghana (ghanaweb.com), Cameroon (camerounweb.com), Nigeria (mynigeria.com), Tanzania (tanzaniaweb.com) and Togo amongst other African nations around the world.

In accordance to a statement introduced by the organisations the partnership seeks to leverage on AfricaWeb’s achieve of 4 million multilingual guests for every thirty day period across a few regions of Africa and its wide community of multilingual journalists to confirm, point-test and greatly publish confirmed info in many languages across Africa.

FactSpace West Africa and AfricaWeb platforms throughout West, Central and East Africa have confirmed that they will introduce freshly produced electronic attributes that would, amongst some others, level the accuracy of information which include statements by general public officers, institutions and so forth.

Rabiu Alhassan, Director and Handling Editor of FactSpace West Africa, explained, “This is a reality-checking/publisher partnership designed to deal with the age-extensive obstacle of debunks that have negligible on the net reach.

“Fact-checks are always recognised to hobble in the experience of viral misinformation. But not anymore. This collaboration will make certain that millions of Africans on-line get accessibility to verified details when we ensure purveyors of misinformation are held accountable – which speaks to our positioning as a next-era truth-checker.”

Among other actions, FactSpace West Africa and AW Free of charge Basis would organise fact-examining education for journalists, whistleblowers, CSOs and the basic general public to establish their fact-checking skills.

Emmanuel Vitus Agbenonwossi, Executive Director of AW No cost Foundation, added, “In sub-Saharan Africa, journalist and whistleblowers’ publicity to misinformation and disinformation, if remaining unaddressed, could even further undermine the precarious foothold of impartial media on the continent.

“So, with this partnership, AW Absolutely free Foundation designs to examine misinformation and disinformation in various African countries by in-depth research, coverage briefs and to establish the capability of 2500 journalists throughout all 5 locations of the continent to restore belief in the media.”