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AfricaCheck: Africa’s ‘first’ dedicated fact-checking site

Africa’s first website set up exclusively to fact-check public debate launched today.

Called Africa Check, the site was developed by the non-profit arm of global press agency AFP and will be run in collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand.

The site will produce its own fact-checking reports, but will also provide tips and advice for its readers on how to fact-check as well as a library of databases and fact-checking tools.

“Fact-checking is a growing trend in the media, and in wider society, around the world. But to our knowledge, this is the first time anyone has tried to do something like this, here in Africa,” said AFP Foundation deputy director Peter Cunliffe-Jones, who devised and oversees the project.

The fact that the site is being run from a university, says AFP, means that Africa Check will be well placed to spread the skills and practice of fact-checking among both student and working journalists.

“I believe that Africa Check can make an important contribution to public discourse by promoting a culture of accuracy and making public figures think twice about playing loose with the facts,” said Anton Harber, the Caxton Professor of Journalism at WITS, and a former editor of the South African newspaper Mail and Guardian, who is senior adviser to the project.

Initial funding for the project was awarded in May 2012 by the IPI News Innovation Contest.

Speaking earlier this year, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said: “I salute the work of Africa Check, as an important initiative engaging with journalists and citizens across the continent to raise the level of public debate.”

Author | Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter

Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter
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  • Bob

    A URL would be useful.

  • Tim Reader
  • Dear PR People, please put links in your press releases. It helps readers find the content you are actually writing about – Without getting lost and distracted by unrelated content in the deep dark Interwebs.

    e.g. http://www.africacheck.org/

  • Hi MonkeyMarcel, the story very definitely links to the site and has done since from the moment it went up…

  • Then make it more noticeable as I very definitely missed it.

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