TOGO’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

Les fausses nouvelles sont un phénomène qui n’épargne pas le Togo à l’instar d’autres pays du monde. Il importe donc d’essayer de comprendre les mécanismes qui gouvernent leur rapide diffusion pour trouver les voies de mitigation. L’écosystème de l’information au Togo est composé de deux branches : les médias traditionnels (la presse écrite, la radio, …

NIGER’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

Niger’s first private media entities emerged in the 1990s following the fall of the single-party and military era. However, the birth of private media did not lead to free and independent media. A bipolar media system quickly took shape, with public media tending to support the ruling party and private media siding with the opposition. …

GUINEE’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

En Guinée, les fausses informations circulent sur toutes les plateformes d’information et aussi dans les espaces en ligne comme hors ligne. On note toutefois que les réseaux sociaux jouent un rôle d’amplificateurs des fausses informations qui sont propagées, de même que le bouche à oreille dans certaines circonstances. Les fausses informations sont plus perceptibles pendant …

GHANA’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

This report explores Ghana’s fake news ecosystem examining key actors in the online and offline space and the origins of their authority; key online information platforms and the interaction between offline media and non-media structures that shape information flows and gender dynamics. Ten interviews were undertaken to augment secondary data gathered from online and offline …

The Gambia’s Fake News Ecosystem: An Overview

For the Gambia, we look at the fake news ecosystem through the eyes of Sait Matty Jaw, who doubles as the co-founder and executive director of the Center for Research and Policy Development and political science lecturer at the University of the Gambia. Sait’s Center for Research and Policy Development is a partner of CDD …

Liberia’s Fake News Ecosystem: An Overview

Fake news is spreading fast and wide in Liberia driven by increased access to the internet. This report provides an overview of the fake news ecosystem in Liberia by investigating — through key informant interviews and secondary research — how information is produced, shared and spread in the country. The report focuses on the key …

Labaran Karya da CDD ta Gano Tare da Binciko Sahihancin Su a Mako na uku, Watan Afrilu, 2021

Aikin mu a Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) shine ganowa tare da binciko gaskiyar labaran karya da aka wallafa a kafafen sada zumunta na zamani dama kafafen yada labarai. A makon nan, masu bin diddigin labarai dan gano sahihancin su na CDD sun bankado wasu labaran karya da aka wallafa tare da yada su a …

CDD NEWSLETTER FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 18, 2021

Last week, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) received numerous requests to fact-check some of the trending stories for the week. Among them was a claim published by the Independent Newspaper – now retracted – although already circulated by other online news outlets. At the moment, the CDD is yet to independently …

CDD NEWSLETTER FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 4, 2021

This week, the world commemorated International Fact-checking Day. The day is promoted by the International Fact-Checking Network in partnership with fact-checking organizations around the world. The Centre for Democracy and Development is dedicated to helping reduce the increasing spread of misinformation across the sub-region and has continued to track misinformation from when the Ebola crisis …

CDD Newsletter For the Week Ending March 21, 2021

Disinformation and misinformation are currently being spread in such a manner that they both pose a global threat, causing unease and fear within societies and organisations. With our work at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), we are committed to empowering people across the West African region with adequate knowledge that could help them …

Labaran Karya da CDD ta Gano Tare da Binciko Sahihancin Su a Mako na Biyu na Watan Maris, 2021

A mako na biyu na watan Maris din shekara ta 2021, masu bin diddigin labarai dan gano sahihancin su na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sun bankado tare da binciko gaskiyar wasu labaran karya da aka wallafa a kafafen sada zumunta na zamani irin su Facebook, Twitter da manhajar WhatsApp. Ga labaran nan kamar yadda wannan mujalla …

Why Do You Need to Take the COVID-19 Vaccine?

On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Nigeria received the first batch of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines through the  COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) vaccine facility, the global sharing program designed to give countries equal access to vaccines and other tools. After verification and certification by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC), President Muhammadu Buhari …

Newsletter for the Week Ending January 10, 2021

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to hit countries across the world hard, there have been efforts to put the health emergency crisis under control. There is a considerable push by world leaders, scientists to strengthen the production and administration of vaccines across over 40 countries and counting. While no African country has joined the …

NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 15, 2020

CDD Disinformation Weekly takes a closer look at the spread of fake news. The Centre continued to sort fiction from facts. As the world faces information disorder, staying connected with CDD fact checks  brings you informed opinion on important issues, from government to politics, to healthcare and development. This week,  the Centre spotted the spread …

FACT-CHECK: Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Not Yet Appointed First Female WTO DG

VERDICT: FALSE CLAIM: On Thursday, October 8, 2020, various social media platforms were engulfed with the claim that Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has been appointed the first female Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Multiple sources, especially on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp made the claim that former Nigeria’s minister …

Information Influence: Disinformation During Edo's 2020 Gubernatorial Election

Located at the centre of southern Nigeria, in the south-south geopolitical zone, Edo state was created in 1991 but it was not until 1999 that its first democratically elected leader – Chief Lucky Igbinedion of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) – was elected to power. PDP ruled the state for nine years before a court …

Dissecting Disinformation in Nigeria: An Overview of CDD's Work So Far

With many of the world’s populations in lockdown, or living with restrictedfreedom of movement, it is a good time to reflect on the present, evaluate the past, and look towards the future. The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is taking time to reflect on its journey in fighting disinformation by looking at some of …

FACT-CHECK: Is CBN Sending N85,000 COVID-19 Relief To Nigerians?

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On Sunday, August 9, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted text messages urging Nigerians to contact a mobile number to claim their COVID-19 relief fund. The messages claimed that the fund approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will be sent to different categories of Nigerians (not …

FACT CHECK: Is Buhari the Most Followed African Leader on Twitter?

VERDICT: False CLAIM:  On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that President Muhammadu Buhari is the most followed African leader on twitter. NAN, in its report, quoted a report, Twiplomacy Study 2020, which was also used by several online media platforms including Vanguard News, PMNews online, Newswireng, Pulse Nigeria, All Africa. FACT:  …