Verifox Africa


Providing access to independent, reliable and objective news and thereby contribute towards balanced, democratic debate ahead of elections in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso.
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17Participating organizations

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Rumours and information tampering are nothing new, but the Internet has accelerated the rate at which this misinformation has been spread in recent years, reaching more people as a result. The fact that content producers and distributors are no longer necessarily trained journalists bound by a code of ethics is a factor leading to the rise of "fake news".

While access to diverse forms of reliable and independent information is synonymous with sustained rule of law, mass dissemination of fake news can be a destabilising factor in democracies. Therefore, it is critical that the media and players within civil society avoid the pitfalls created by misinformation by promoting dialogue with stakeholders (political authorities, bloggers, the general population).

The Verifying Fake News in Africa project is a response to the need for African media to be better equipped to combat the spread of fake news in the three countries of Benin, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire, particularly when elections are being held. The project is being conducted in partnership with The France 24 Observers.

“It is good that the journalists' community and the media are thinking about how they will deal with the election campaign through the verification of information. I believe this will contribute to a more peaceful climate of public debate.”
Philipe Di Nacera, journalist at 7info (Côte d’Ivoire)

Project beneficiaries

  • (general,political) journalists and community managers of traditional media and pure players;
  • media managers;
  • national regulatory authority and ministry representatives tasked with communication and information;
  • civil society representatives (CSOs actively promoting citizenship and/or election monitoring that are online and on social networks, journalists' association, bloggers' association);
  • influencers, bloggers and activists.
Project manager

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National forums to raise awareness of the issues encountered when combating fake news during election season

Three collaborative forums reflecting on the topic of fake news, for launching the project in each country.

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Journalist training

  • Fundamental principles of journalism during election season:
    - ethics, integrity and responsibility of journalists;
    - administrative, legal and regulatory electoral framework;
    - checking sources and how to fact-check;
    - the role of editorial staff;
    - how to tackle an electoral campaign;
    - political interview techniques;
    - participation of women in elections.

  • Detecting and deconstructing fake news online and on social networks:
    - verification techniques, creating content to deconstruct fake news;
    - using social networks to share fact-checked news during election season.

  • Creating an e-learning module on the topic of combating fake news
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